Hello, this is my first log on T-Nation and while I've only been on this forum a few times, I see it's one of the best places for advice in most fields of fitness and weight training, therefore I'd like to start a log here to further fit into this community and ultimately improve my ability to reach my goals in the future. My goals are pretty vague - to be big and lean. My big 3 lifts are as follows - 240 for bench, 315 for squat, 425 for sumo deadlift. Originally before I wanted to focus on hypertrophy, I thought to set a goal of getting 300/400/500 on the big 3. I did a pretty good job making gains on westside after following that routine for about 9 months, but at this point, I'm a bit sick of the strength training, DE/RE/ME type work, and 5 x 5 type of set ups. Temporarily I want to focus on hypertrophy, with a goal of gaining some mass.
For my first routine in this log, I'll be doing 20 rep squats. I've followed this routine before about 2 years ago. I went from repping 135 to repping 175 although technically I got up to 180 I never did get the 20 there. I was much weaker back then. Prior to that routine, I was doing Madcow and couldn't even squat 200 for more than 2 reps. My squatting form was also different back then. It's changed now and thus my squat has improved even more, but my form is still crappy. Still, I'm trying to fix it.
When I first did 20 rep squats, I only followed it for 5 weeks and didn't gain much weight. I didn't do the breathing part of the squats too well and I didn't eat nearly enough.
I've been working out seriously since September of 2006 around my 18th birthday. I'm 20 now so it's been a few years. I feel like I've made a fair amount of gains but in retrospect I did waste a lot of time not following my routines efficiently, following poorly designed routines, and having mediocre nutrition. I've always had a great willpower to do well before entering the gym most days, but a lot of the times I fail to execute well in certain areas.
Over the past couple months I've recorded many videos of myself to check my form and in a few rare cases, boost my ego (At least I'm being honest!). Here's my youtube account to see everything I recorded.
Here's also my main blog that I've used since I have started lifting:
As I said earlier, I can have a strong willpower, but I always seem to screw up certain work outs by not doing what I need to do. But as I begin this era of 20 rep squats, I'm really prepared to gain some weight. I've got a lots of eggs, whole milk, brown rice, turkey burgers, peanut butter, Serious Mass weight gainer, various protein shakes, and other miscellaneous food that should help me gain some weight. I'm going to FORCE myself to do well on this routine.
And before I forget, here's a layout of the routine itself.
Squat x 20
Pullovers x 20
Chin Ups 3 x ???? (will basically try to increase total reps here)
OH Barbell Press 3 x 10
Squat x 20
Pullovers x 20
Dips 3 x 12
BB Rows 2 x 15
As of now I weigh 199 lbs at 6'0 with unknown body fat %
I do have some "progress" pictures but I need to rescale them all and I don't feel like doing that now but I'll do that in the next few entries. Since I don't feel like typing much anymore, I'll just end this first post with some fun facts about me - I've never been laid, I have puny forearms but a pretty strong grip, I like to listen to classical music, black metal, and video game music, the title of this log probably won't mean much to anyone reading it so I wouldn't worry about it, I don't really expect anyone to read/post here but it would be nice if that happened, and I like to watch Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.