Things to do before you’re 40, #97. Post embarrassing pictures of yourself on the internet, for complete strangers to make disparaging remarks.
Ok. I’m 40 next week. Been training seriously for about five years. Here are a few pics taken today. I’ve been visiting Australia for a few weeks, and some of the guys in the gym I’ve been using have made encouraging comments. So I’m bolder… Pics are B&W because I got sunburned today, and am embarrassed about that :-).
Present programme: a four-way split: horizontal push-pull; deadlift-based day; vertical push-pull; squat-based day.
I try to mix sessions of about 5x5 with sessions of 4x8, or thereabouts (varies by exercise). When I’m wanting to mix things up, it’ll get as far as 8x3. Usually try to train four times a week, but it varies a bit.
Bench: 100kg (6 reps)
Squat: 115kg (6 reps)
Deadlift: 150kg (6 reps) / 170kg (2 reps)
or thereabouts. I’ve long struggled to improve the squat.
Nutrition: try to eat good mix of meat and veggies; keep carbs fairly low; protein supplements. Fall off into eating fast food occasionally; a little beer, etc.