This log will serve as my formal introduction to H&F. I've been reading the forum for a while and have posted sporadically, but hopefully this log will force me to participate more consistently. I'll try to keep this introduction from rambling too much. My main reason for posting a log is to have a place to ask the questions that always come into my mind but I don't always want to create a new thread for. Hopefully you guys don't mind helping me along.
23 year old student - set to graduate this December. 6 feet tall, 205 lbs. (started SS back in February at 180 lbs)
I've been an athlete my whole life. Played just about every sport going growing up and had the choice between playing collegiate soccer, tennis, or basketball, and went with tennis with the hopes of going pro. I was never the fastest or strongest on the field or court, but always got by on superb skill and the ability to out think people. Picked up a tennis racket for the first time when I was 14 and ended up playing one semester of D1 tennis before a recurring back injury that made me miss significant time since junior year of high school forced me to finally give up. After seeing 5 different chiropractors, 2 masseuses, an acupuncturist, 2 orthopedic doctors, and about 6 or 7 different physical therapists with little success, the thing that finally ended my years of back pain was DL's and squats. Go figure.
I was never big into weightlifting, did it sporadically throughout high school but never properly. After blasting my pecs and biceps from angles you can't imagine for about a year with buddy, I came across this forum and the fun began!
I'm finding out that I'm pretty weak and definitely don't have good genetics for lifting. This is probably actually the least success I've had with anything I've tried athletically, and it's quite frustrating. I'm hoping that I'm doing something wrong that you guys can straighten out for me so I can start making some real progress. Like I said, I started doing SS in February and after a significant learning curve, felt like I had things down pretty good. I eat about 3000 calories and 160-200g of protein per day. My form is at a point where I feel it's solid enough it shouldn't be holding me back at all. I sleep on average about 8 hours a night, and I foam roll and stretch a significant amount.
The numbers that I hit on linear progression were approximately:
225 squat (questionable form, 3 or 4 resets)
170 bench (2 resets)
115 press (2 resets)
I absolutely could not get my numbers higher than this, which I feel is my first issue, because don't these numbers look low for 8 months of LP for a 205 lb 23 year old male? Particularly squat? After trying everything, I decided switching to TM might help. I've been doing TM style squats for about 6 weeks now, and just switched everything else to TM 2 weeks ago.
My workout today, 10/17/2011, looked like this:
215x5x2, 215x4x2, 215x3
These felt incredibly heavy, which was weird because 220 wasn't too brutally hard for my intensity workout on Friday. I've been sick for the better part of 3 weeks so maybe that caught up to me. I plan on repeating 215 next week and hoping they go up better.
Third time doing these
My main issue right now is with my squats. I feel like my upper body lifts, while not strong by any stretch, aren't too pitiful?
My deadlift is obviously way ahead of my squat, so my squat is my main priority. It's really frustrating because I get super amped up and focused before a heavy set and try every mental trick in the book to own the weight, and it's just so heavy coming out of the hole. Meanwhile, everybody else my size progresses way past these squat numbers before slowing down. IDK the problem, but here's a couple videos of my squat from several months ago. One of my workout partners went away for military duty, and the other got lazy, so I haven't been able to get updated videos since these. My form may have improved a little since these, I've definitely made some changes, but this at least gives a general idea of my style.
Hopefully somebody can spot something that I'm doing drastically wrong and I can progress my squat a quick 50 pounds! But if not I'll keep on trucking and hope I get better at them. Sorry for the rambling, and thanks if anybody kept reading this far. I've gotta run to night class, so I'll check back for replies either tonight after the Jets beat the Dolphins, or tomorrow.