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Don’t know if this was the right place to do this but you guys seem much more supportive than some of the other places. I’ve been lurking for quite a while now and made a few small posts here and there but I think it’s time I started something to help keep me a little more accountable.

I’m 37 years old and live in beautiful British Columbia with my fiancee and our son. I’ve been lifting (maybe working out is more accurate) for a few years now but just recently started doing some serious lifting about 6 months ago.

I started exercising to just “be fit” by joining the EAS Body For Life challenge, but recently I’ve come to the realization that I don’t want to be a skinny little bugger that can show off his six-pack to everyone. I want to be a big MOFU that can show off his six pack to everyone lol.

This probably has something to do with the fact that as a kid I was skinny and tall (almost 6ft with a 27 in waist)with almost no muscle tone. Was never a jock or good at any sports at all actually. Then in my 20’s I started getting skinny/fat and that carried on to my 30’s. So anyhow with the help of BFL I got down to 171 lbs at 6ft that’s freakin skinny.

Then I got fat and then skinny yadda yadda yadda over and over again. On May 12th (37th birthday) I got sick of this up and down shit and decided to put on some serious muscle and now I think I’m in love lol.

Up to 200 lbs at about 17% bf my gut seems to have returned a bit (I love those carbs too much I think), but I’ve got a nice 315 lb squat, 405 lb Deadlift and a 245 lb Bench. Bench is weak I know but I’ll blame that on my long limbs and since it was 20lbs less just 4 weeks ago I’m okay with it.

Tomorrow (Monday) I’m going to do Mark Rippetoes starting strength for a 4 week period and see if I can increase those numbers another 10% or so after I’m done. I did SS in May and found that after 4 weeks I get very achy (gotta be an age thing)and have to pull back a little.

Then I’ll take a few days off and go into a program that I made myself that I found to be very rewarding. I’m hoping to get to 210 lbs then I’ll think about leaning down to about 190 so. I’ll have a few pictures up maybe later today and I have a video of some squats that I would like critiqued as well.

wow! not even 1 welcome aboard?

Anyhow Diet today:

Started off with a whole grain bagel 2 omega 3 eggs and a few slices of cheese

protien shake 2 scoops Metabolic Drive with 1 cup blue berries and 1/2 cup of straw berries and a cup of milk

had a hotdog on whole wheat bun with 2 oatmeal cookies

1 cup milk and 2 more cookies

a sirloin burger on whole wheat with some cheese.

Sundays are usually a little bad for me

Later tonight I’ll have 2 scoops of peanut butter and a shake with 2 scoops of Metabolic Drive in 2 cups of milk.

Sunday are slow days.

Welcome to you. I come from the same sort of situation as you, never did team sports or anything as a young’un. Started working out in high school and later in college and then dropped it. Came back to it 3 or so years ago and have since surpassed anything I did in my 20’s and 30’s.

Good blastoff numbers, guy. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Here’s my newest pics


and this

Sorry no wheels but they’re pretty unimpressive anyhow

Sundays are a slow day for everyone.

Here’s my squat video, please critique the form

Welcome. Looks like you’ve got the tools to work with judging by your photos. Just got through reading a debate about Rippetoes on another thread so I’ll be interested to see how you like it.

Congrats and welcome! Hit it hard!

Welcome to the group…

Looks like we have similar stats. (age and lifts). I will be interested to see your progress.

Make sure to work on the diet as much as the lifts. Being tall and relatively thin you will need to make sure you are getting adequate calories for growth. You have a good base to work with so increasing on your lifts shouldn’t be a problem if you eat enough.

[quote]youngguns35 wrote:
Here’s my squat video, please critique the form[/quote]

Only thing I would say is to face the hooks when taking the bar out of them. To my mind, it’s an accident waiting to happen not being able to see them when replacing the bar.

Squats looked good.

Workout went pretty well

Squats
10x135
8x185
6x225
5x265
3x265? dunno why
5x265
Military Press
5x95
5x95
5x115
5x115
5x115
Pendlay Rows
5x135
5x135
5x155
5x155
5x155

Military presses will go up next workout, probably Penlay Rows as well

Diet went pretty well today as well

Day 2 Workout

Squats

135x10
185x8
225x6
265x5
265x5
265x5

Bench Press

115x8 (should have done a lighter weight x 10 also
155x6
205x5
205x5
205x4 (should’ve gotten 5 but no spotter so didn’t want to chance it)

Dead Lift (I got hungry half way through, never happened before, made it hard to concentrate)

135x10
225x8
315x1x2 (hands gave out, I hurt them the other day as well as forearms) Next time will be better

That’s it so far. Squats felt good and went up easier even though my legs were still sore from Monday. I think I’m going to add a can of tuna with olive oil and spices every day to my meals. Tastes great, about 500 calories and all protein and fat.

As far as the hooks go. I find it easier. I just walk back until I hit the steel and drop and I’ve never missed the hooks yet. If I go forward I find that my nose is like an inch from the glass and I’m always worried I’m gonna smash my face into it lol.

Workout went pretty well today. Tried to up the weights on all exercises and failed each time, but some were very close so next week I should be able to do them.

Squats

135x10
185x8
225x6
265x5
265x5
270x3

Military Presses

10x65
8x85
6x105
5x115
5x115
4x120

Pendlay Rows

10x115
8x135
6x155
5x175
3x175
2x175

atleast I weighed in at over 200 lbs this morning.

Lookin’ good youngguns! How are you liking Rippletoes so far?

I like Rippetoes squatting 3 times in a week is tough but the DOMS seems to diminish after the first week. The last time I did this my squat incressed from 265 max to 315 in 5 weeks so I’m hoping to have similiar results this time around.

I don’t expect it to have quite that dramatic but I’d be happy if I added another 25lbs or so to my max.

Went to the gym today because it’ll be closed tomorrow for a holiday. I tried doing deadlifts after my squats instead of after bench. Wasn’t a good idea, lower back was really stiff and I couldn’t lift.

That’s 2 workouts in a row that deadlifts were fucked up. They better work on Friday, after 5 days rest they should. Anyhow here’s how I did.

Squats
10x135
8x185
6x225
5x270
5x270
5x270

Deads
135x10
225x2

Bench Press
10x95
8x135
6x185
5x205
5x205
5x205

Progression was good except for deads. I’ve also decided I’m going to start leaning out a little earlier than expected. I’m getting fat lol creaping up on 20%. I’ll do it in 3 weeks, once I’m finished doing SS.

Day 5 went well squats went up another 5 lbs military presses and pendlay rows improved but no weight increase.

squat

135x10
185x8
225x6
270x5
270x5
275x5

military press

65x10
85x8
105x6
120x5
120x5
120x4

pendlay rows

115x10
135x8
155x6
175x5
175x4
175x2

[quote]youngguns35 wrote:
Day 5 went well squats went up another 5 lbs military presses and pendlay rows improved but no weight increase.

squat

135x10
185x8
225x6
270x5
270x5
275x5

military press

65x10
85x8
105x6
120x5
120x5
120x4

pendlay rows

115x10
135x8
155x6
175x5
175x4
175x2[/quote]

Lookin’ good, man! Nice squattin’.