A little background
Age: 51…will be turning 52 in a couple of months
Lifting history: I started when I was 13, following programs in M&F, Ironman, etc., for years before I came to the conclusion the information provided wasn’t going to work for me without using a needle. The basic program I follow now is Wendler’s 5-3-1, and I’m happy with the progress I’m making.
Why I’m trying the V / Goals: I’m a pretty active guy, but I’m also a single father that doesn’t have a lot of time to spend in the gym. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that training (for me) works best when I have a goal that goes beyond just trying to look good. I wish I had discovered this fact about myself years ago.
Anyway, I enjoy doing obstacle races (Bone Frog, Tough Mudder) and, though I’ve come through them pretty well, often leaving younger members of our team behind, I want to be better. The next step in doing that is to shed any additional weight that doesn’t contribute to being a better athlete.
Aside from the solid nutritional / training aspects, I went with the V-diet because it’s convenient. As I stated previously, I’m a single father, with very little time to spend in the kitchen cooking meals as some of the other more popular programs require. I need something easy, and the V seems to meet that requirement.
Changes I’ve had to make to the Advanced Training Program: My left knee has a meniscus tear, and I lack some mobility in my shoulders, so I had to drop the Overhead Squats. In its place, I’m completing Front Squats for a straight set, followed by Single Arm Dumbell Shoulder Press for a straight set. I tried to replace the Overhead Squat with Barbell Thrusters, but it just didn’t work for me.
I also have some shoulder impingement issues, so I replaced the Bench Press with a 20° Dumbell Bench Press, per Jason Feruggia’s advice. It’s made a big difference for me, so if any of you reading this have the same issues, consider making the change.
Because I’m doing Front Squats on my first training day of each week, I’ve replaced the Front Squat on the third training day with Trap Bar Deadlifts. I’ve been doing this movement for a long time now, really like it, and can move a lot more weight for the required reps than I can with the Front Squat.
Concerns: So far, making sure the HSMs I make stay within the guidelines of the plan. There are a lot of recipes out there that spell things out for me, but I have to make sure I’m making enough variety for my daughter.
Well…here I go. Keep your fingers crossed for me!