Howdy folks. I've decided to set up a presence here so I can network with some other people like me... namely older lifters. As a suburban, professional, nearly 40, husband and father, my peer group tends to be overweight, golf-obsessed, borderline alcoholics with lower back problems.
Yeah, I don't fit in. But I'm good with that. I've always been a bit on the AWESOME side.
My name is Kent, and by way of introductions, I'll describe myself in numbers:
Age: 39.5 (which is NOT the same as 40, thank you very much)
Weight: 185 lb
Squat 1RM: 305 lb
Bench 1RM: 250 lb
I call myself a bodybuilder. I'm currently doing 531 to get stronger, but really I'm only doing that as a vehicle to get bigger. Yup, the goal here is to go from above-average-big-ness to "Holy shit, LOOK at the guy!". Some days it feels like I'm going there. Other days I feel like a skinny bitch. I've dieted hard and been as low as 5%, I've bulked kinda hard and been as high as 200lb. I've basically exhausted all the tricks I have in my own arsenal, and I'm hoping I can make some good relationships here to learn and grow both in mind and body.
I'm coming form the Precision Nutrition forums, where I can say I am a big fish in a small pond. Coming over here is intimidating as hell because this is basically where the "big guys" live. Still, it's time for me to go outside my comfort zone.
I'm attaching a couple of pictures, mostly just to prove to myself that I have a right to be here. The first is my before/after photo from the end of my last bulk to the end of the subsequent diet (lost 38 pounds!). The second was me with my best washboard to date. I'm sad to say they are long gone now, as I'm eating to gain.
My next posts will be my training logs, and general musings about the iron game, gym life, the suckiness of not having 20-year-old joints, and the cosmic injustice of not learning how to do bodybuilding correctly until this late in life.
Cheers, folks. I'm glad to be here.