Hi, Ya'll! I've been reading articles on this site for the past 8 years, and finally decided it was time to post something of my own.
By way of introduction, my name's Matt, I'm 48 and 6'2". I weigh in at about 210. Not sure what my BF is, becuase I've gotten conflicting readings. My Tanita scales say 22%, but the skinfold caliper test at Bally's 7 years ago said 16%. Obviously, I like to think the calipers are more accurate...
I've been lifting on and off since I was 18. When I was 18 I got injured and couldn't work. Since I was living alone and far from home, I dropped from 175 to 145. You can imagine how skinny I was, so I started doing push ups and sit ups. When I reached the point where I could do 3 sets of 50 pushups and about 500 sit ups, I decided it was time to start lifting weights.
I love to lift, but this year has been tough. Had some health problems, 6 months of chemo from Jan to June. That stuff sucks, let me tell ya. The good thing was that I lost some weight that I needed to lose.
We have a pool, so my main source of exercise the summer has been swimming. It's been more benefical than I would've thought. Gotta say my pecs look better now than they did before. They lost that layer of fat and tightend up. My waist is a lot slimmer, and even though I haven't done situps all summer, I have def in my abs. Who'da thunk it?
Last couple years I was doing a lot of O lifts. Clean and press, overhead squats and chins were my favorites. Situps and some dumbell work to compliment that, and started doing squats again after a long break. I quit doing squats for years because was going to karate a couple or 3 times a week for cardio, and I figured all that other stuff was enough.
Started lifting again in July this year. I guess I went to far too fast. I was doing clean and press pretty heavy, considering it'd been 7 months. Added chinup ladders and squats and flat benches. Then I was doing elbows at martial arts class and my left elbow swelled up like a ping pong ball. That slowed me down a bit.
Feeling good now, though. Ready to get started lifting again. Started with chins and lateral raises yesterday. Today I'll do a light set or two of squats and some bench. Maybe a few supplemental dumbell sets.
I don't know if the pic will upload, but that's me.
P.S. I love this site, esp CT's and Waterbury's articles.