I’ve been a long time lurker on T-Nation under a different account. I never posted because I didn’t feel like I had anything to contribute. I decided to make a new account, mostly because the old account name was from my high school days.
tl:dr I used to be weak and now I do strongman and I’m not as weak.
I have always been interested in lifting weights, ever since my dad took me to the gym with him when I was not even a teenager. All through high school I was a skinny kid and only ever really benched or did other random things. About two years into college my best friend turned me onto T-Nation and my views of lifting changed. I started doing Starting Strength and learned to love Squats and deadlifts. Then I progressed into a 5/3/1 template for almost a full year.
After I graduated, life got hectic, lifting took a backseat and I started just doing what I felt like at the gym. I was travelling a bit and had no real schedule so when I trained I did what I liked which was squatting and deadlifts. About this time I found a blog, Chaos and Pain, and knew that is how I wanted to train; heavy, frequently and with no set schedule.
I only trained that way for a few months before I went on a 3 month vacation to Australia, but knew I would be training that way when I returned. When I got back to Australia, I was pumped to finally be in a gym again. I also started accumulating training equipment for a personal setup while my body was getting used to moving weight again.
During this time I met a guy who competed in Strongman and offerred me to train with him. I was in love. We trained strongman events once a week and I was deadlifting and squatting everyday; one or the other or both. I was even overhead pressing quite a bit since that has always been a huge weekness of mine and a big part of Strongman.
A Strongman event was being put on in August; Northern Nevada’s Strongest Man in Reno. I started training the 5 events for that religiously. It was to be my first show and I wanted to do well. I got exponentially stronger by training strongman and actually won (very closely) my first show at 200lb and under.
Since then I have taken training kinda light and decided to start this log to keep me accountable.
Current Best Maxes:
Squat - 475lb keep missing 500
Deadlift - 600lb (ugly lockout)
Bench - 315lb
Push Press - 255lb
So after that REALLY long intro I will start this log.
After dropping a 230lb Axle on my quad while training the previous Friday I had been taking it easy after an already easy, dare I say, deload week. I was feeling angry that not only had I been taking it easier then usual in my training, but the last 2 weeks had been overly light.
I decided to change that by killing it in the gym with some deadlifts at what I would hope is close to my usual intensity. Lately I have been training a good friend of mine and getting him interested in Strongman. And while his strength levels have grown immensely in the last few months my strength and training had plateaued and stagnated.
Warm up with singles up to 495lb
515 x 1 x 8 sets (the 8th set was a horrid lockout)
405 x 1 x 5 sets
Standing 1 Arm DB Rows:
150lbs x 8ea x 3 sets
45lbs x 5
90lbs x 1
Bw x 5 x 2
Messed around on the pull up bars with trying to do crossfit kipping and muscle ups (no success)