Hey guys , thought I'd start a journal since I am able to start lifting again. Still fairly new around these boards, so feel free to chime in if you have any comments, ideas, or just want to chat .
Background: I'm 19 years old and gonna turn 20 next month. Weight about 130-132 currently. First started lifting back in highschool about 4-5 years ago but didn't take it too seriously about 1 1/2 years ago when I went from 170 to 125, but lost alot of my muscle in the process. Then I did a lot of reading and got my diet in check (did the atkins diet when I lost the weight and my strength ). Was seeing good progress in getting my strength back until Christmas when I screwed up my shoulder and had to have surgery in March.
Now I can finally start benching again and rest the bar on my traps to squat so I figured now is a good time to start up a journal. It sucks though b/c the weights I have to use are pathetic, even though they were before, LOL; oh well.
Goals: My primary goal is to gain strength to optimalize my athletic performance. It should be noted though that I am very anal about how I look, and about gaining much fat so I still don't want to gain much fat in the process. At one point I was even bullimic I guess you could say b/c I would binge and purge a few times a week, but no worries now b/c my diets in check and I don't do it any more.
Lifts: Before I lost the weight and most of my muscle my maxes were: Bench: 235, Squat: 325, Deadlift: 365, Power Clean: 230, and my vertical was 35 inches all @ a weight of 165. After I lost the weight and muscle, but before my injury, my maxes were Bench: 180, Squat: 250, Deadlift: 320, unsure of power clean, and my vertical was around 26 inches. Now currently I am working out with Bench: 89 lbs for 8 reps, Squat: 179 for 8 reps, and power clean: 111 lbs for 4 reps. These are not maxes or anything, just trying to get my body back into lifting again after the long layoff, and for rehab for my shoulder.
The Plan: I plan on doing a full body routine consisting of bench, squat, power clean, and 1 exercise of choice for triceps, biceps, and a rowing motion every third day until July 5th or 12th. Then I plan on starting a westside routine, and am looking very forward to this. It will be my first go at doing westside, but have only heard great things about it and I like its set up so I thought I would give it a go. Any input yall have on my routine would be greatly welcome since I am a rookie at it.
Diet: Right now I am eating roughly 1700 calories on inactive days, and around 1850 on lifting days. This is in an effort to cut as much fat off me before I can start lifting heavy again. Then I will of course bump up the calories when I start the westside routine in July. I'll try to post up my diet each day. I have some pretty crazy meals and my family always makes fun of me for some of the things I come up with and do, but its all good .
Shew, that was long. Well, I guess that's about it for now. If you have anything to say feel free to post. The more feedback the better.