A little background on me to “personalize” things a bit:
I’m a 27 year old man, and for the last 10 years, I’ve been incredibly inconsistent with any sort of working out. I was your “skinny lean” athlete, a whopping 150lbs at 5’9 when I finished high school. I would always lift consistently for 3-4 months, and then stop, whether it be for summer break or sport season (track & football). After leaving high school, the “on” phases got shorter, and the “off phases” got longer. So here I am, having lifted once in what seems like the last 12 months. After being indecisive about where I wanted to go with my journey, I’ve decided to forget about the “oh, I can design myself a routine” shit, and just use the tried and true methods already out there. Step one for me is Starting Strength.
Bodyfat: 19% (3 site caliper)
Waist: 38.75" (this shocked me, as 34" used to feel ‘fat’ to me)
Overhead Press: 75lbs
Bench Press: 135lbs
Squat: 335lbs (Goal: 405)
Deadlift: 355lbs (Goal: 405)
Overhead Press: 105lbs (Goal: 135)
Bench: 165lbs (Goal: 185)
Before really getting an understanding of what to expect on this routine, I was hoping to get a little recomp in, adding a little muscle mass, losing a little fat, chipping away over the next six months or so. Doesn’t seem like that’s a common thing for those on SS. So, I’m getting my mind away from those ideas. I would still like to lose some bodyfat, albeit maybe not anywhere near the 1% per month I was hoping for to begin with, so I may get some walking in on the non-lifting days
I know my biggest challenge will be getting my nutrition on point. Meal prepping and really being on point with this stuff will be new to me, but I understand it will be huge, especially as the weight on the bar climbs.
Ultimately, my goals are to get to around 180-185 at 10% bf or so, with primary focus on strength/explosiveness (Strongman/Powerlifting is super interesting shit). Here’s to hoping SS is a great first step! Will post starting lift #'s and Day 1 photos tomorrow (Monday)