Following my friend @burien_top_team and getting started with my own log. I plan to log my lifting, practice activity, and eating habits.
As a competitive Jiu-Jitsu athlete and gym owner I am mostly concerned with strength over aesthetics. I am in my 30’s and also have a full-time day job. My gym has been shutdown for about a month which leaves me with a bunch of free time. The gym is for Jiu-Jitsu, but we do have equipment for the core lifts.
I’ve been lifting seriously with a focus on SBD for a little more than a year and a half, however, I did bench and deadlift for a bit before that. Just without much of a program. Body weight has fluctuated quite a bit over that time. Going from 185-215 and everywhere in between. I am at 205 right now and would like to get down to 190.
I’ve done a number of programs and had success with each. In order, Starting Strength, 5/3/1, and a Split Routing from Practical Programming for Strength Training. I favored the Split Routine, but feel I can squat more than once a week. My squat lagged behind the other lifts due to poor technique and injuries from BJJ. I’ve fixed the form thanks to SS and some help from great real-life coaching.
- Increase Squat PR
- Decrease bodyweight to 190 lbs
If my other lifts go up that’s great, but for now I will focus on maintaining and losing BW.
April 20 PR
Bench: 320 lbs
Squat: 365 lbs
Deadlift: 475 lbs
Bench: 335 lbs
Squat: 405 lbs
Deadlift: 500 lbs
Starting the 4-day Texas Method from Practical Programming starting today. I will try to do Bench and Press in the same week and adjust as needed. My main concern on this program is the Power Cleans. I have not practiced these since High School. I plan to give them a shot starting with light weight and possibly replace them.
Another concern regarding this program is that when BJJ starts up again my body (and possibly schedule) may not be able to keep up with doing more than one major lift per session. If I start feeling too rundown, I’ll move back to a Split Routine and adjust.
Thanks for the read everyone. Looking forward to interacting and learning!