I have seen starting strength recommended many times on this site and always thought it seemed like a good "beginner" routine but always considered myself beyond the beginner stage and beyond my "newbie" gains. Of course I was an idiot to think that and should have been doing this a year ago (join date is much older than when I actually starting lifting with any clue of what I was doing).
After being dissatisfied with my gains in strength over the past few months and starting strength lingering in my mind, I decided I don't have anything to lose and am going to give it a shot.
Here's my story (the short version):
Approximately 2 and a half years ago - 6'1" - 138 LBS (22 years old). This is when I decided I needed to do something.
About a year later: 170 LBS
Another Year and Half after that: 190LBS
Current - 194lbs in the morning
I have been operating on an every other day upper/lower split with rest days as I felt I needed them. Caloric intake has been around 4000 with macros around 40:30:40 and eating relatively clean.
GOING INTO STARTING STRENGTH (and I feel this is the differentiating part), my lifts were as follow:
Deadlift - 315x5
Squat - 235x5 (High Bar)
Bench - 175x5 (on a good day, 165x5 on bad)
OHP - unknown x 5 - 135x2 max
All of these were for 1 set only. While these are certainly not earth-shattering (and I still consider them to be quite weak with respect to my goals), they are likely higher than average when starting this program.
With that said, I started with the workout A on Sunday (Squats/OHP/Powerclean) and results will follow in the next post.
I skipped past the first couple phases simply because I feel that I am comfortable enough with the lifts (although I did learn many good tips from the book on each of the lifts) to be familiar with my 5RM and wanted to get to the "meat" of the program, so to speak (10lb increases are not realistic for me each session as they would be for a total beginner).
So, here we go. I am interested to see what kind of progress can be made and am excited to be on a true "program" for the first time since finding my way into the weight room a couple years ago.
I will update after each workout and hope to be squatting 3 plates and deadlifting 4 by the end of the year. Linear gains (if any are available) would put me well beyond that and I would be more than happy with that!
Thanks for checking in!