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Old 06-13-2010, 03:18 AM
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Hello everyone. I've been lurking here for about a year now and decided to start a log. I've learned a ton here and the best way to keep learning would be to start getting some active feedback.(I'm really happy I don't have to wade through the idiocy of bodybuilding.com)

Special thanks to Andro, Commander, Venom, Workoutmchne, etc. for all the knowledge and entertainment. I've also enjoyed Greg and Ellingham's journals as my progress has roughly paralled theirs.

A little bit about myself: I'm 29 years old. I played a variety of sports growing up and was always overweight despite being active due to a horrible diet. I'd describe myself as slightly meso but probably more endo. I started lifting in high school -- typical bench+curls idiocy. I was approximately 210-230 at 5'9''. I quit for a year or two, then started up again in college and got back to where I had been in high school and then quit again. Went to grad school, became terribly inactive, and my weight trickled up and strength went down. I never weighed myself but I must have been 250.

I completely changed my diet one day due to financial hardship, lost a bunch of weight in a poor fashion, but the results and confidence jump-started me back into fitness. I started with running and lost a bunch of weight while slowly cleaning up my diet in stages over the course of 3 years. However, knee problems made me switch to lifting and I haven't looked back since. Last summer I started off doing a typical 1 body part per day split.

When I found this site and did some research I switched to starting strength and ran that twice for about 5 months. I made solid gains on starting strength. Then I tried madcow's but I stalled out really quickly on that. I probably stalled out from some combination of: Not eating enough, started too aggressively with high weights, had been doing nothing but 5-rep sets for a long time(6-7 months).
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:24 AM
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Over the course of 8 months I went from 147 lbs to 168 lbs.

My lifts went(5 rep working weight with madcow/starting strength):
Squat 95(was working on form, probably could have done 135ish) to 255
Deadlift 165 to 255
Bench 170 to 200

I had been benching and deadlifting before starting these programs but not squatting.

Over the last 6 weeks I've cut from 168 down to 156.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:29 AM
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These are a few pics from last August when beginning Starting Strength at 147 lbs:






yay farmer's tan!
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:32 AM
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These pics are from a week ago at 156(~10 months progress):







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Old 06-13-2010, 11:01 AM
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Congrats on the weight loss....it looks like you are in a good position to gain some solid lean mass as long as your diet and training are spot on! Good luck with your journey!
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:35 PM
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Right now I am in the middle of trying an upper/lower strength/hypertrophy routine.

I've had some soreness in my upper glute/lower back on one side. It's not terrible and I can work through it but it hasn't been getting better while working through it so I decided to take some time off from squats and deadlifts to see if it will heal as these were the two main exercises that caused soreness. Substituted in leg presses and leg extensions as these don't seem to bother it. I'm giving it a few more weeks to heal then I will run something focusing around bench/squat/dl's -- not sure if i should give starting strength another run or try something nonlinear.

Today was lower hypetrophy.

Leg Presses:
Sled +270 x12
+290 x11, x10

Leg Extensions:
110x12
130x12
130x14

Seated Calves:
45x16
70x14
95x12
95x13

Hanging Leg Raises(+10 knee raises after failure):
x15
x14
x12

Crunch Macine:
100x12
125x9
125x11

Still Pretty weak from my cut. I lost more strength than I wanted to. Gradually increasing calories, at about 2300 now which is roughly maintenance maybe a little below.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:09 PM
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Good choice with using Starting Strength to start off the journey, glad you enjoyed my journal.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:08 PM
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Upper Heavy day.

Flat Bench:
185x4
185x3
185x4

Pull ups:
Bw+15 x 4
Bw+15 x 3
Bw+15 x 3

Military Press:
120x5
120x5
120x5

weight: 156.0 lbs

20 Mins of intervals on stairmaster

This was my first time doing weighted pullups. They felt different than I expected, felt so heavy in the bottom half of the ROM. Bench and Military were improvements over last week -- hopefully I get back to my pre-cut weights soon.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:06 PM
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Lower Heavy day.

Leg Press:
sled+410 x 2
+360 x 3
+360 x 4
+360 x 3

Leg Extensions:
150x10
150x10
150x10

Seated Calf raises:
45x17
70x15
95x14

Glute still feels tight. I can't wait to get back to squatting and dL's.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:24 PM
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Bench:
165x9
165x7
165x6

Pullups:
BWx9
BWx7
BWx6

Dips:
BWx10
BW+17.5x13
BW+17.5x13

Shoulder Press:
70x10
70x10
70x12

Cable Rows:
90x12
90x12
90x12

Weight: 155.0
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