So, I ordered. Should arrive Monday night (it’s Saturday) so I have a couple of days to get mentally prepared.
A bit about me: 41, proud father of a (nearly) 5 year old boy and a little lady that is scheduled to arrive in September. Canadian but living/working in NYC. My time to train is fairly limited since work is very hectic (basically on call all the time and sleep an average of 6-7 hrs per night most nights) and I often feel guilty about spending some of my free time away from my family. I will sometimes go a week or more without working out due to schedule/fatigue but will feel more accountable while on a program like this.
Over the years this “week or more” has often drifted into “a couple of months or more”. I’m 5’11" (when standing tall) and 220-225lbs - scale batteries need replacing so that’s a Sunday thing. Probably around 20% bf - a solid foundation of muscle but too much lard in the yard. I was up to around 235 just under a year ago and decided to do something about it. Made many better eating decisions (like cutting out my pint of B&J each night) and committed to a ramped 5x5 program that only required 2 days per week of heavy lifting - got down to around 218 but have since regained a few of those pounds.
All my lifts matched historic PRs for 5RM (285 bench, 330 squat, 365 dead) in just over 4 months of training - probably the most focused training I’ve ever really done. Nothing great, but considering my 5RMs when I first re-committed were around 225, 195 (sad - never a real squatter before) and 225, respectively, I was happy. Was great to continue to slap weight on the bar and put it up - felt like Bruce Willis in Unbreakable.
Anyway, after squatting 2x per week for several months after never really doing it before, I started to get some really achy knees. I don’t have great flexibility in my hips so my form was likely a culprit. I decided to scale back on the squatting and have really been flailing around since end of January. Time to dedicate myself to something new.
Although I’ve been training off an on for over 25 years now, I’ve always lacked true dedication (for a variety of reasons). Kind of sad too, as I was blessed with a great physique as a teenager, and was very athletic. Fell in with the wrong crowd and set me back a bit.
Back to the future - looking forward to starting this. I wasn’t sure where I should start on the program - beginner or intermediate, so I decided to put my ego aside and try the beginner program today. Good choice. I was sweating buckets. Going to have to figure out something else other than DB squats, since my gym only goes up to 120s and the versions of those weights are so tall I only get a partial ROM. Will likely switch to goblet squats. With DB bench I was surprised how quickly I gassed. Was able to hit 9 reps with 100lb DBs pretty easily, but I was quickly doing triples and doubles - presume this is typical but let me know if not the case. Split went 9/9/5/4/3/2/3/2/2/2. Was losing time (and getting a little fatigued) with setting up so frequently with the big DBs. Any reason there’s a preference for DB work than BB? I can see the safety factor, which is likely enough for me to continue with it, but may opt for BB on the higher rep days.
Anyhow, I’m pretty excited about the purchase. I’ll likely start the program proper on Tuesday, so will try to upload pics and measurements on Monday. I have a challenge the first day in as I have a work function to go to that will serve booze (historically easy for me to avoid) and greasy food (less so). I’ve been using a meal service from a fitness cafe lately, so will continue use those for my HSMs most days - likely either ground bison or turkey, white rice/sweet potato and broccoli (likely around 500 cals), along with some trimmings like salsa and sauerkraut - avocado too if they’re ripe enough.
If you made it this far, feel free to chime in with words of encouragement, questions, you name it - I can be a chatty Cathy at times, as you’ve likely gathered by now. Want to try to get on here at least every couple of days but I’ll likely be lurking regularly. Until Tuesday…