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Old 07-30-2013, 01:41 AM   #1
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I don't know if my progress has been good, bad, or anything- I don't care. I'm just writing this thread out of happiness. I wrote a little about it in my log earlier.

In July of 2010, I was around 6'3", 150-155 lbs. Today, I am 6'3" and around 220 lbs. As far as I'm concerned, I'm just as lean as ever other than putting on a very small amount of fat lately. Only July 26th, 2010, I tried squatting for the first time. (That said, I tried squatting the bar when I was in 7th grade and couldn't quite grasp the concept.) By the end of the week I was squatting 115 for 5x5. That was pretty hard for me. Around this time I was struggling to bench around 95 or 105 lbs for 5x5. I was about as weak as 17 year old boys come.

Only July 27th, 2010, I deadlifted for the first time. Part of my issue was technique, but make no mistake, I was incredibly weak. 135 lbs was hard. I managed a set of 5, and then another, but it was no easy task. Overhead pressing at first seemed to be awesome, but I was using around 55-60 lbs. Once I got to around 80 lbs, it was impossible for me to do more than a couple sets of 5.

Fast forward 3 years...

On May 27th, I was 20 years old and one day. I squatted 405 for the first time. Last week I squatted it for 3 reps. If I ever saw a guy squatting 405 when I started out, I would have sworn he was on steroids.

On June 14th, 2013, I deadlifted 500 for the first time. I've not gone above that since, but I'm sure I can do 15-20 lbs more now.

This past week I bench pressed 230 for 7 reps. I spent October of 2011 til May of 2012 stuck at a 225-230 lb bench press. The answer was more pressing. When I started, a two plate bench was the end all be all of strength. I'll be hitting 3 plates soon if I stay healthy.

Today I pressed 150 lbs over my head for 3x5. Tuesday I did push presses with 185 for 3x5.

I've had a lot of fun, a lot of setbacks(Including about 5-6 months off last year with some highly inconsistent lifting here and there in that period), minor injuries- elbow tendonitis that took a couple months to heal, and a lower back injury that took about 3 weeks in late 2011. Those are the ones that come to mind, and thankfully, they weren't too big of problems.

What I've learned:
Eat- you're not going to get fat. Not all of your foods need to be clean. In fact, if you're young, going hard in the gym, and not that big to begin with, you can certainly get away with a lot of "bad" eating. I'm sure I'll have to eat cleaner soon enough though. I'm also sure that trying to put on too much weight too quickly will make you fat as hell. I've seen other lifters on the internet do it, and never understood it.

Technique- I never have been really strict on my form. If I have a bad set or rep, I try to do better next time. I don't think of it as a failure. However, after playing around with my technique on the big 3, it has certainly helped a lot.

Volume- Again, for the younger guys. Volume on your BIG LIFTS will help exponentially. Go back and read about my bench. I put on about 5 pounds to my bench press in 6 months- all while adding a lot of weight to my OHP and body weight. I needed more volume. This time back training, I've added volume to all of my big lifts, and I've seen great gains, and better technique over all. Strength is a skill, practice it.

Learn, but not too much- What I mean by that is, don't constantly be filling your mind with various bits of information that is often contradictory or is simply unnecessary. For example: Why the hell would you try to learn how to do a one-legged anything when you can barely squat or deadlift with two legs? However, there is always something useful to learn- often from another lifter, and not just some guy getting paid to write an article for a big website.

I think I had more I wanted to say, but I started writing this two days ago, and did not get to finish it up until now. I just felt like sharing this with you all, because the members of this forum have given me a wealth of knowledge and support that has helped immensely in the gym and in my life. So ultimately, thank you all.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:17 AM   #2
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Great progress. The amazing thing is that you don't even realize what you will be able to do in the next 20-30 years if you keep working hard.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:52 AM   #3
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Nice man, it's all a journey and sounds like you're enjoying it
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Outstanding progress, and great obsevations..

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:31 AM   #5
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sounds like you are well-established on a rewarding path

nicely written and good to see!
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:43 AM   #7
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I don't know if my progress has been good, bad, or anything- I don't care. I'm just writing this thread out of happiness. I wrote a little about it in my log earlier.
That is an amazing view on it. Way to go on the progress and keep enjoying the journey.
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@Storm, thanks. I hope I can deliver on the platform in September. As for 20-30 years...I better be deadlifting a thousand by then.

@Cutty, I definitely do enjoy it.

@Moe, thanks, and no problem.

@JD,Thanks, and glad you like my writing.

@Brad, thanks, man.

@GT, glad you liked it.

@MAD, thanks. I'll keep going.

Hopefully by the time I reach the fifth year I'll feel like I can give some better advice than now.
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Still planning to come down in Sept then? You mentioned a log...link?
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