History: First time I seriously started going to the gym was in August. I lifted some before that but it was just random exercises not really progressing that much, then I came down with mono and lost almost 35 lbs in 2 months, basically putting me back at below ground zero. I started a journal here at the beginning of september when I started Rippetoe's Starting Strength. That was the first time I ever deadlifted or squatted. I made great gains on that but with my dirty bulk to 220 came a gut. I was on a BP split for about 3 months cutting and got all the way back to 190. I wasn't really sure what to do next so I hired Iron Addict and began working with him as I leaned up a little more, I then began my clean bulk this time around. If anyone has read up on Iron Addict, he does alot influenced by Westside. I followed his routine he laid out for me and set more PR's on my maxes. I have decided to put IA on hold for awhile and come back to his guidance later when I stall, or just need something different to keep me going in the right direction. Ive been reading up on Westside and with the help of VikingMan's GREAT write-up, ive put together something I think will work great for myself.
Stats as of now:
Best 1RM's as of last week:
Squat: 315(missed 335 attempt)
Flat BP: 235
Bent Row 5RM: 185
To gain strength on all the big lifts(ill set specific goals later on). For awhile ive thought my goal was bodybuilding, but as I get more into this sport it seems I enjoy just focusing on strength and getting bigger in general, I doubt I will ever be concered with symmetry and all that...
I have gotten my form down good on squats, but conventional deadlift form is still very much a work in progress(its not good). Im going to be giving sumo a run and see how it takes with me.
Heres something Dominik posted awhile back as a calculation to determine whether you are mechanically more efficient for conventional or sumo: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showpo...postcount=1011
Not that it means you should only do one or the other, but I was WAY on the side of sumo. Im hoping to get my form down on sumo more so I feel more comfortable pulling heavy on it. I will still be working on conventional but will be staying away from going real heavy unless I feel ive corrected my form.
I will basically be following the guide VikingMan outlined here, but tweaking exercises as I go: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=920894
Pictures: (Completely relaxed, 10 weeks of cutting progress)
(Just had surgery to get a fatty tumor removed, and skin broke out from the vicadin I took I think... so its kind of an ugly picture lol.)
So this time around I am going to bulk for as long as possible, the goal being not to gain way too fast this time.
Thread: PhreEk's Progression of Strength