So I figured since all the cool kids are doing journals I'd try to emulate, and thus find and identify who I am in this world after long years of searching. Little background info...
Started lifting in high school during football, like 10th grade probably. Lifted pretty religiously until a year after I graduated when alcohol and partying became more fun. Didn't lift pretty much at all through college and graduated '05. I started back up in early '07, never really made a ton of progress doing the typical 4 day split and winging it when I went to the gym. At some point in '08 I got into a debate whether P90X would make you strong and fit, the drunken argument ended in me betting that I wouldn't have any problem sticking to the program and that I wouldn't get any stronger.
I in fact was weaker upon completion, but I was more in shape so it was kind of a wash. I wanted to get strength levels back up so I dirty bulked from August '09 to Feb '10 on starting strength, hit probably 20% BF but maxed with a 405 squat and deadlift (yes weird ok) and 280 bench. Those were my strongest levels to date and by a good amount too. Took a couple weeks there before starting my cut in mid march for the summer, dropped 30 lbs by May (yes too fast, yes lost strength). I've maintained at about 178-184 for the whole summer with around 11% bf.
Iím going to run madcowís intermediate for the foreseeable future to try to gain strength levels back. I could certainly benefit off SS with how large a reset Iím doing but SS makes you fat amirite? No, really I just donít want to, and slow and steady wins the race, and I want to keep consistent progress up through the winter bulk. The ultimate goal for this yearly cycle is same as last year, bulk through feb, cut through May, maintain through summer. Hopefully next time Iím smarter about the cut and hang onto my strength a little better.
Anyway, onto the workouts!