Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome here. Finally have some time to start my journal here. First, a brief history of me. I have been lifting recreationally for over 20 years. I was ready to quit last year until I met LtL. He convinced me to start a journal at M&S and the rest is history. I have been enjoying the best progression of my life since both weight-wise and form-wise.
A few facts for those that do not know me. I have Celiac Disease which means I cannot eat anything that contains Gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. That's right, no Beer and Pizza for me. When I went gluten-free on my 40th birthday, I also quit drinking and smoking on the same day and have not looked back since. Going gluten-free was the hardest part. I also decided I might as well clean up my diet at the same time. I have not eaten any junk, processed, or fast food since, other than a piece of gluten free cake on birthdays. Being gluten free is tough enough, so I do not count calories. never have and never will.
Secondly, I do wear straps on deadlifts. I do so due to a medical condition. I suffer from Benign Hand Tremors. Sometimes I cannot even sign my name my hands shake so much. This in turn affects my grip - I never know whether or not my grip will show up on any given day, as the severity of my tremors fluctuates. For this reason, I don't think I will ever be able to compete.
So, enough of the bad news and on to the good. I recently did new 1 RM's. I am currently on Wendler's 5/3/1 and just started cycle 6. Here are the vids of my new 1 RM's:
Push Press: 190 lbs
Squat: 405 lbs
Bench Press: 250 lbs
Deadlift: 455 lbs
My 5/3/1 routine is as follows:
Monday: Push Press
Push Press 5/3/1
DB Press 3X10
Pull Ups 50 reps in as many sets as required
Face Pulls 3X10
1.25 Squats 3X10
Thursday: Bench Press
Bench Press 5/3/1
20 Degree Incline DB Press 3X10
Pendlay Rows 4X6
Chin Ups 25 reps in as many sets as required, working my way up to 50 reps
Sumo Deadlifts 4X10
Badass Heavy BB Shrugs 3X7
Standing BB Curls or Preacher Curls 3X10
I train at home in my JimGym. It is a well equipped home gym with a power rack w/lat tower attachment, 660 lbs of iron, Bowflex DB's, seated calf raise bench, a GHR bench, a bike, and an elliptical. I also have lots of accessories like 40 lb ankle weights, ropes, etc, etc. I wake up at 3:45AM and I am warming up by 4:00 and I'm usually lifting by 4:15ish. I train fasted. I take a pre-wo supp (currently Allmax Blast Powder), Xtend intra wo, a tri-blend protein shake post wo, Then I do my cardio, usually 45 mins take buffered creatine, COQ10, then shower, and then eat the world's healthiest breaky.
My current goals are:
Push Press: 225 lbs
Squat: 445 lbs
Bench Press: 315 lbs
Deadlift: 500 lbs
Ready to SFHW!!!