I’ve weight trained for one year with Men’s Health type programs and built a reasonable set of “beach muscles” but no real strength. As an example, my estimated 1RM for the squat was only 200lb. In February I made the switch to power lifting training. I’m under no illusions that I’ll be a world beater, I just want to be stronger than the average guy. This log is for me to track the progress (or lack of) that I make in 2010. I welcome any useful suggestions or constructive criticism.
Basic stats: 42 years old, 187cm (6’2") 94kgs (206lbs)
I’ve gone back to basics to learn good form for the Big 3 lifts. I’ve had to concentrate on really sitting down in the squat to get proper depth. In the past, if I bothered to work my legs, my squat depth was laughable. Anyway, I am training 2 days per week at the moment, aiming to add 1.25kg (2.75lb) to my BP, 2.5kg (5.5lb) to my SQ and 5kg (11) to my DL each week. At some point I know I’ll hit a wall with that approach but for now it is achievable.
My goal by December is a double bodyweight DL (188kg/413lb), a 140kg/308lb squat (1.5 x bw) and a 120kg/264lb BP. I will enter a novice comp towards the end of the year, mostly to give myself a goal to aim for in training. If I achieve those goals I’ll count that as a pass mark in my first year of power lifting.