Ok here’s mine…
Goals: Until I read T-mag it was to be lean. Since I started reading T-mag, I want to hit 200 lbs around 7% bf (Christian Thibaudeau’s pictures are similar to what I’m looking for (though I’m not giving up my curly locks!)).
I’ve been reading since August 2002 (Thanks to the suggestion of another guy at the gym).
Programs: 12 weeks to super strength, Diamonds in the Rough, T-dawg Diet, Eating Massive, Just started 12 weeks of pain overlapped with 12 weeks of superstrength. Oooo Baby!
Prior to reading T-mag I had done a low carb diet From Jan-Aug 2002. I went from a sloppy 188 lbs, to a lean (3-4% bf) 162 lbs (I lost a lot of LBM as well). I was lifting at least 2 hrs/day, and doing 1/2 hr cardio/day (Stop yelling at me…I was stupid back then!) After reading T-mag, I stopped being stupid, and lifted properly (good time, proper splits, better variety). I’m went up to 180-182 lbs ~10% bf before plateauing. I then did T-dawg for a few weeks to get to 177 lbs ~7%. I’m now Eating Massive again trying to blow through the 182 barrier I hit before.
12 weeks to super strength–> I went from never ever doing a dip or pullup to doing multiple sets of 10 for both.
I went from having a rough time lifting 120lbs for 4 reps, to lifting 225 for 4 reps. Unfortunately I wasn’t taking measurements at this time, but I definitely gained a little in my chest, back, and arms during this time.
Diamonds in the Rough–>I love John’s program! I wasn’t eating enough during the time so gains were minimal, but I put on 1/4 to 1/2 inch. More importantly, I got more variety in my calves routine (Unfortunately I couldn’t get the T-vixen of choice to jump on my back for the donkey calve raises.)
I never measured myself prior to reading T-mag, so unfortunately I can’t give you differences in my stats. But I can say I’ve gained noticable size throughout.
My 1RM squat was 0 lbs (I never squatted, always did leg press, lounges and other stuff, including running, and stairclimber). In Jan I measured my 1RM squat (345 lbs)…About 3 weeks ago (415 lbs).
I also must say that I consider it an accomplishment to have been asked if I’m a professional athlete (though I think that guy should’ve put on his glasses), and to get dirty looks on a near daily basis by people I don’t know working out at the gym (you know the people who curl 3 lbs and think they’r getting huge or those that can make their head touch their toes leaning backwards curling 120 lbs). Being called crazy by my workout partners is a good feeling too. They push themselves hard, but they say it’s nothing compared to how hard I push myself. I also think it an accomplishment to have people ask me what I do to work various muscle groups (since either my workouts, or my phsyique give them the idea I know what I’m doing…must be the former!)
I think the main thing T-mag has given me is mental focus. I’ve lost the fear of eating massive, but now have the confidence and knowledge to do it properly. The detailed, no BS way the mag is put together allowed me to learn so much phsyiology, and psychology of the sport, and this has really improved my ability to reach my goals. Furthermore, I’ve been able to pass this info off to friends of mine that unfortunately don’t have time to sit down and do the research themselves (hey, I figure if they find out through me it’s better than not knowing at all.)
I’m sure there’s tons more I could add, but I need a nap (I both love and hate Ian King’s routines! That bastard’s gonna make me big whether I like it or not!) I hope after completing these next 12 weeks, I’ll have more to report in terms of accomplishments.