After moving to a new gym at the start of the year (Muscle Pit
) i've been training 4/5 days a week using Westside Barbell methods of Max/Dynamic Effort and got some good results, my deadlifts and squats both added ~40kgs and my bench moved a whopping 10% (10kg ;P) but since training to go over east to Nationals (set a squat PR of 200kgs and a DL PR of 225kg @95kgs (lifted 227.5 but hitched it or rolled my shoulders or something and didnt get it passed) I did well over there in terms of experience and my own lifts, but obviously got crushed in the sense of compitition.
I've been too burned out too train properly since August and have just been sampling too many fine Rogue beers and basically just doing SFA with the odd workout here and there lacking any real plan or direction. Also I have a 1 year old son and lifting with the people at my gym requires me to be there at 630pm each night and it's too much of a strain to get out of the house in time, so with this workout I can train on my own, with my brother or work in with them when I can get out. Plus it means I wont be coming home at 930pm needing to cook dinner and wind down before bed and inevitably getting up at 5am to hang out with the little guy.
So I've decided to give Jim Wendler's 5/3/1
program a go. I've been in a couple of times in the last week to work out my current 1RM's and wasnt really expecting a whole lot though I still managed to pull 220kgs, Press 55kgs, bench 105kgs (bench and press have always been huge weak points for me, when I was younger I was always more interested in Squatting & Deadlifting and just ignored bench, i'm hoping this is really going to help me bring them up) and I didnt have time to do a Squat session but using the same % decrease of all my other lifts im assuming ~180kgs atm & the program outline pushes that starting too light is much better than too heavy so I'm happy either way.
In addition to this its just hit Spring in Australia so i'm fixing my bike this week and I will be taking advantage of living next to the River and riding a few days a week. Along with all the usual drink less beer, eat better food etc etc.
tl;dr: Trained WSB all year, no longer has the time or current desire to work towards competing. Doing Wendlers 5/3/1. Cant bench or press ****.