Here it is, the situation that may be more common than we all would like to admit. That is, that we are better at being coached than training and improving ourselves. Case in point (which leads to my frustration) I have competed in olympic lifting, powerlifting, and some (very little) body building along with playing college football. With my lifting I have competed in the world championships, pan am games, won the olympic trials, and whatever else, honestly it is all a blur. I am life time drug free (not making any accusations just pointing out the fact for clearification when you see my numbers)
I am 5'6" and right now around 205 at 12%, oh yeah I am 27.
In my "prime" when I was around 20 to 22
I was able to;
back squat 500x10, 625x2, 405x20
front squat 515
bench 385x6, 450x1
standing military press 295
clean & jerk 440
power clean 375
deadlift 505 (never been good at it!)
the only equipment i ever used was a belt and dont even use that anymore, and all squats were done olympic style ass to the ground baby. Plus I averaged a bodyweight of 210 or so for all lifts listed.
I am currently dealing with a shoulder injury, my bench has sucked ass for some time while my legs are still strong. My point of all this rambling is that, I have two degrees, CSCS and a host of other "certifications" and knowledge as well. I have read tons of great information off this site for some time now, but I AM FUCKING FRUSTRATED TO NO END WITH MY TRAINING!!!! FUCK FUCK. Instead of improving, I am simply trying to get back to where I once was. But like I said, apparently I was better at being coached then training myself. I know all the principles, sets/reps, loading periodization bla bla bla.
Now true I am dropping bodyfat slightly but at the cost of losing the strength I have spent years to gain. By no means did I make this post to impress anyone or sound like a bitter once-was, my point is after all the reading-research-cutting edge supplements-and perfect diet, I have been on the downward slide of improvement now for sometime. I write this as a request for anyone to offer suggestions. Bring it!