I was just wondering what major changes led to everyone making big leaps in their training.
I just posted my age 16 numbers on another thread. I was 6’1" and 138 lbs. I was plateaued at 170 on bench for what seemed like forever. I never worked legs. It made me think of the things I learned that got me to where I am now.
Late 80’s to early 90’s -
pyramid training on bench and dumbell curls led to a major plateau - stats 6’3" and 170 lbs.
Early to mid 90’s -
Brawn by Stuart McRobert and Muscle Media 2000 led to significant gains and I started squatting - stats 6’4" and 180 lbs, and getting stronger.
Mid 90’s -
Training on the Olympic lift variations and reading Science and Practice of Strength Training (John Smith, husband of USA’s one time top female shot putter Connie Price-Smith, loaned me a copy). - stats 6’4" and 198 ripped lbs, and at my strongest. (I was a basketball guy)
Late 90’s to present -
Testosterone.net exposed me to a ton of information and has led to many new training breakthroughs. I am proud to say that I have been here since the first issue with Poliquin spreading those huge guns across the screen!
I am presently trying to stay in shape and preparing to run Master’s track and field next summer (the decathlon). I am still 6’4" and a bit smooth 195 lbs. I am hoping to get back to the ripped 198 within a few months. It is a bit tougher when you are a full time worker with 3 kids, but I am trying to stay consistent. I am confident that my best is not behind me.
I think that a move toward more conjugate periodization and supplemeting with strongman training is going to be my next big event on the timeline.
I look forward to hearing any responses.