Hi all –
I’ve been a lurker here for quite some time and figured I would start a log to hold myself a bit more accountable for the new year.
In the past I have struggled with staying put on a program for too long as I grapple with the decision to “bulk up” or “cut down.” It would seem that whenever I go down either route I end up doubting my decision either because when I’m focused on cutting I start to feel too small, or when I focus on gaining I start to feel chubby and fat. I went on SS a few months ago and managed to stay on for a bit prior to being injured playing baseball. At that time I had gained 20 lbs on my 5RM bench (235 --> 255), and 20 lbs on my 3RM press (155 --> 175).
Squatting has been an issue for me ever since tweaking my knee a few years ago. I used to olympic lift and had decent squat numbers, but ever since hurting my knee I haven’t really found the groove again, maybe because I am apprehensive of re-injuring myself. I have found that front squats put less stress on my knees, and will use these for the SS, albeit light to begin with.
I am hoping to stay put on SS and build some solid strength in my last semester at college, and could certainly use some help from you all in keeping myself accountable and keeping me from slipping into the “I’m going to get too fat” mindset. I have found that some assistance work helps me mentally stick with a program like this for longer, and will be doing weighted dips, chin ups and pull-ups, along with some rows to keep things interesting. Additionally, due to my knee injury I am going to start off only squatting 2x a week (Monday and Friday) and see how it goes prior to adding in a third day (Wednesday).
All this being said, below are my current numbers. I will back off the weight for the first week and build back up to my current maxes in the first few workouts.
Current Weight: 195
Bench: 280x1, 255x5, 225x10
Deadlift (conventional): 365x1, 315x5, 275x10
Front Squat: N/A
I will start my workouts this coming Monday with FS and Bench.
I hope some of you follow along and keep me company in here - I could certainly use it!