First of all, let me introduce myself with an assay of my training experience and information of my life in order to give y’all some insight into my perspective.
My last name is Ryno (pronounced rhino) thus the title of my log.
I. My Introduction & Experience of Lifting
I first began to lift weights for wrestling in middle school the week after I turned 14. From there I began to love lifting, so I stopped wrestling over the next to years in order to get bigger ( I wanted to bodybuild) and I followed programs from the Bible of Bodybuilding (Arnold’s Encyclopeida). Then for some odd reason, after ‘bodybuilding’ for 2 years, I gained an affinity for strength instead. I decided to work on a Westside template for about 6 months and I committed to a meet in April of 2010, just after turning 18 in March. I weighed in at 172lbs (I began my Westside temp at 198lbs after my bodybuilding) and I set PRs in all but bench press, raw (with raps); 192.5kg (424lbs) SQ, 120kg BP (264lbs, I had benched 305, paused in training, but my 4 week meet prep killed me), and 215kg (~475lbs) DL. for a 527.5kg (1163lbs) total. Not too shabby I thought for only 6 months of focused powerlifting, 18 y/o, and 172lbs.
After the meet I went right back to lifting the next Monday. From there I spent tried the Smolov Base Cycle, which murdered me. I made it through the first week, but I’m certain that I ripped/tore my left hamstring. I was somewhat sore, but I couldn’t walk well for two weeks, so I took some time off while encouraging my lifting partner of nearly a year and a half to finish the cycle, and he did. After two weeks off I decided to begin again with a westside template, and it was going great until I fractured my foot while playing kickball of all things.
I then graduated from high school as #5 in my class and a 4.0 (97.65 out of 100) GPA. That Summer I decided to give OLY Lifting a try so I trained for 6 weeks with a peer/coach and I did a meet after 4 weeks and hit a 90kg Snatch & 105kg C&J at 75kg. To finish the 6 weeks I hit a 102.5kg (225lbs) snatch and a 117.5kg ( C&J at 168lbs. I continued with this for a few months, but grew tired of the long, repetitive workouts, so I stopped. Also, this may only be just and how my workouts were programmed for me by another person, but I believe, fully, that OLY Lifting made me weak. Coming out of my OLY phase, I was the weakest that I had been in more than a year.
After beginning college I didn’t have much time for workouts, but I definitely did not skip them, just altered them. I had not real direction ( meets to attend) so I did a myriad of programs. I did westside for a few weeks, changed to Dave Tate’s Extended Tension for a few weeks, changed to Dan Jon’s One Lift a Day, changed to Wendler’s 5/3/1 for a few months, changed to BBB (Big Beyond Belief) because a friend wanted me to compete in a bodybuilding show with him ( he just stopped talking to me, so I just stopped BBing, again) and then I did my own thing just trying to keep some strength and muscle. Generally completely random workouts. Them I decided to stick to a program for a lil’ bit and used The Texas Method for 16 weeks and ended with an “Intensity Set” of 365x5 with a belt (a 90lbs increase on my 5RM in 16 weeks), and stopped to another program to give myself a break.
Since then I’ve done a six week squat program ending with a 370x2 SQ in a T-shirt, shoes, and shorts. Now, I’m making this log to track progress, publicly, for John Gaglione’s “Maximal Strength, Minimal Equipment” as a test.
One other important blurb; I have my own garage gym. I’ve had it for about a year and a half of my 4.5 years of lifting. And I can’t help but say that it is amazing.