SO EXCITED to swith to 5/3/1, I decided to make a log about it. Never done a log before, so this should be interesting.
Some background (wall incoming):
Through college and after I was a very injury plagued - due to getting hit by a car and the subsequent waterfall of injuries, slight-above-mediocre runner and semi-decent rock climber. All of this put me at about 150 pounds at 6'3" (well, combined with borderline anorexia/exercise bulemia).
In Feb 2010, I blew up my achilles and couldn't run, so I started "working out" in the rinky dink gym in my apartment complex. The dumbells didn't go over 40, and the only other equipment was one of those multi-exercise cable machines. I realized that I enjoyed "lifting" and decided to join a gym. I then started a 5 day bodybuilding split (remember, exercise bulimia). After seeing no results after a few months (surprise surprise) I did some reading and found out about stronglifts. Liking the idea, I switched to this program somewhat lackadaisically. I jumped weight a lot, and ended up with some funky stuff in my hips/back. About this time, some huge changes in my life happen and I'm out of the gym for around 6 months. This puts us at last september. I get back in the gym at around 165. At this point, I'm running 3-4 times a week, and just want variation. I get back on the stronglifts thing for a while, go off, and then back on. I'm gaining weight fairly steadily, and am noticing that I'm getting stronger.
In January I lost my job, and having nothing better to do, I got serious about the program. I was steadily adding weight to my workouts, and loving lifting heavy. I got up to working sets of 160 on bench, 240 on squat, and I pulled 315 once on deadlift. Due to the speed of my progress and my complete and utter lack of mobility work, my hips start acting up about a month and a half ago. I didn't squat or deadlift for basically the entire month of March, but I did run smolov jr for my bench, and I think it worked pretty well (haven't retested 1rm yet).
Having said all that, I've always heard about 5/3/1 and how it is for more advance lifters. I understand weight comes slower when you are lifting super heavy, which is why this program is good for advanced lifters (ok, so take my opinions with a grain of salt, please). But,I think it will be good for me for the same reason. I don't need to add weight quickly, and I need to be more patient so that I don't get injured again. I finally got the e-book, and I'm super stoked to try it for myself.
I will be following a Monday-Weds-Friday-Saturday schedule. I have my schedule outlined in the attached spreadsheet.
I did my first workout Monday:
OH Press (strict)
50 pull ups and 50 dips
Wed was my first day deadlifting in over a month:
50 ab wheel
So far I'm loving the simplicity of the program, and I like that I am in and out of the gym in less than an hour. I've always heard the "anything over an hour is pointless for a natty lifter" thing, and even on Stronglifts it took me an hour and a half.
I'm interested to see my results, and I hope I can have some people follow me and help me along the way.
Thanks for reading!