7 weeks ago, with the big four-0 looming and the Christmas excesses still clogging up my poor body I finally had enough. I was disgusted at how weak, flabby and out of shape I had become and decided to do something about it. I cleared a space in my garage, put in a squat rack, got a bar and some plates and got stuck into Stronglifts 5x5.
So far, I've gone from lifting absolutely nothing to (don't laugh):
Squat 132lb (5x5)
Bench 110lb (5x5)
Deadlift 176lb (1x5)
Bent over row 110lb (5x5)
Overhead press 66lb (5x5)
I've also dropped from 204lb to 194lb and seem to have grown an inch from 5'8" to 5'9"(?).
Apart from some post-workout aches and my left shoulder taking real issue with OHP on week four (which set me back quite a bit on that lift), I've never felt better! In fact, I feel absolutely great. I know my numbers aren't exactly awesome yet, but I'm pretty happy with my progress so far and most importantly I'm loving getting under the bar 3 x week. I really wish I'd started this a bit sooner in life!
Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and that I'm really looking forward to learning a lot from everyone on this forum.