Hi everybody. Let me start by a quick introduction. I live in Turkey and am 16 years old.
I’ve been lifting for about 9 months seriously and have hanged around and just “exercised” about 3 months prior to that. That 3 months of goofing around involved high rep endurance training for rowing (Which weren’t effective even sport-specific), a personal trainer workout written by an idiotic guess-who and some stupid programs written by myself. Then, I got hold of StrongLifts 5x5, which became my bible for about 5 months. I’ve achieved a 100kg/220lbs squat from merely 40kg/88lbs and gained about 8kg/18lbs. But, damn was my upper body weak. I had a stupendous squat, a mediocre deadlift and a laughable bench press (52.5kg/115lbs), military press(37.5kg/85lbs) and especially barbell row(40kg/88lbs). Something was wrong. My legs were also humongous compared to my upper body, which I can say is just genetics.
So, having stalled on squats after one deload, I began a 3x/week push/pull split not very different from SL in template, but had 1/3 the legs. I made some good progress with the barbell rows (47.5kg/100lbs) and a “meh” increment of 2.5kg/5lbs in my bench. Than, after switching gyms so that it was at walking distance to my home, I began Max-OT. I made miraculous gains: A whopping 10kg/22lbs gain in weight (although it wasn’t the “leanest” gain), 65kg/145lbs bench press for 4/4/3/1, a 67.5kg/150lbs row for 5/5/5, a 50 kg/110lbs overhead press for 5/4/3 and a 97.5kg/215lbs deadlift for 5/5/5/5. Oh and a 5kg/11lbs increment for the squat. However, recently, having been on Max-OT for 2 months, I began stalling on EVERYTHING and couldn’t put on a pound to that bar. I knew it was time. After giving a one week rest (due to exams), I began searching for another program, and just as I was setting my mind on doing a bodybuilding split, WS4SB took me off my tracks. I fell in love.
Speaking of diets, I practically didn’t have any. I ate whatever, however, whenever I wanted as long as it wasn’t fast food or was in excess. The result was that I have a 16% bodyfat from 13% at the beginning is SL, but I’m damn sure I wouldn’t have gained as much strength otherwise. My preworkout meals were usually small snacks such as nuts or peanut butter over bread. I’ve drunk one liter of milk post workout as long as I’ve known myself. One thing is that I’ve had, and still have no access to any supplements due to my mom. She allows neither whey protein nor enter supplement name here, but rather allows me only multivitamins by Solgar.
So here are my stats:
Weight: 79 kilos/175 lbs.
Squat: 107.5kg/235lbs 5/5/5.
Deadlift: 97.5kg/220lbs 5/5/5/5.
Bench Press: 65kg/145lbs 4/4/3/1.
Overhead Press: 50kg/110lbs 5/4/3.
Barbell Row: 67.5kg/150lbs 5/5/5.
Chin-ups: 2 (Don’t laugh please!)
Dips: 9 (Imbalance, anyone?)
So without further ado, my log: