After years of lurking it's time,
Worked out off and on since high school, but like many work, booze, and fun seemed to take over. From my senior year of college and about a year after graduation I was up to about 183, decently low body fat, and many of my lifts were the highest they had ever been (bench ~185, dead ~315, squat ~225(not very respectable I know). The following year I spent way too much time whitewater paddling, skiing, traveling, and working to hold down a decent gym schedule. This was followed by my first year in medical school, no gym access, a strict budget and I dropped about 30 lbs.
So here I am, second year of medical school, most of the weight is back feeling like I owe it to myself to set some reasonable goals. I got a 6 month membership at the local Y and have been working my but off forcing myself to eat through the stress. I really wanted to try to stick and commit to a single program and after quite a bit reading here on the site (in addition to my years of lurking of course) I selected the Starting Strength Program. Considering myself essentially a beginner with some experience this seemed to be a logical choice, emphasis on full body movements, simplicity, and a sense of progression.
Currently two weeks in. Below I've detailed where I started for workout's A and B and then where I am currently at. I tried to start low and work my way into full capacity.
Started at... 172lbs
Squat 3x5 @ 185
Bench 3x5 @ 155
Dead 1x5 @ 225
Dips 3x5 (currently bodyweight since i'm lacking chains)
Squat 3x5 195
Standing Military Press 3x5 105
Bent Rows 3x5 95
Lat pulldown (sadly again no chains so i wanted to pick something with adjustable wieghts)
Squat 3x5 @ 215
Bench 3x5 @ 165
Dead 1x5 @ 295
Dips 3x8 (currently bodyweight since i'm lacking chains)
Squat 3x5 @ 215
Standing Military Press 3x5 @ 120
Bent Rows 3x5 @ 115
Lat pulldown 3x5 @ 185
I guess my two main goals are
1. increased strength overall
2. catch up on my back
Any suggestions, words of advice? I've been trying to take the back slowly as I feel it is really underdeveloped. I figure if I really focus on form and work my way up like the the program suggests it should be fine. Anyone suggest the cleans as opposed to rows and pull downs?
Got a number of pics, wheels included, just gonna have to see how easily they go up.