My name is Jay, and I come from a little country called New Zealand, where Hobbits are made. I am not a Hobbit, but I am relatively hairy and I want to get strong like an Orc.
I train for fun, for health, to help keep my depression and anxiety under control, and to occupy time which may otherwise be spent getting killed by 12 year old kids on Call Of Duty; Black Ops 2.
I just finished a full year of Jim Wendler’s 531 Full Body Template, which was my first year of dedicated powerlifting style training. In 2012 I added 97.5kg or 216lb to my 3-lift total, plus 12.5kg to my overhead press.
I am very much a beginner, but I am very serious about my training and firmly wish to become insanely strong so that I may tear the arms off people who disagree with my often-delusional views.
Link to my previous log:
Bodyweight 96kg at 6 foot / 183cm
Goals for 2013:
Maintain bodyweight around 93-99kg and relative leanness.
Find a meet to compete in.
I will begin the year with Sheiko 29… indeed I may perform Sheiko routines for the whole year if I enjoy them. I like the idea of year plans.
One big difference I will make to my training is I will not test my maxes as often. In 2012 I tested them often and I feel this had a negative effect on my training, through disappointment or through recovery issues. I will test them on 3 pre-determined dates, no more; no less.
I will also maintain sensible and consistent diet approaches, another factor which let me down in 2012.
I will post logs of every training session. I will also post a video of “highlights” (this being a very relative term!!) from each training session.
I will record all weights 70% and over.
I am using my Tested 1RMs for all programs. I will not increase between 4-week cycles. I will test my 1RMs at the end of each 3-4 month cycle and recalc the next cycle based on these numbers.
Cheers, and good luck with all of your training for this year!
Hail, Fire and Death to Weakness!!
14-03-13 update ----> Due to time constraint changes, as of March 14th I have switched to a bastardised 5/3/1 Full Body with Sheiko sets and reps as the “extra” lifts.