Last year I started blogging about my plan to lose weight and get into better shape. Not that round isn't a shape. My program started off OK and I saw results because doing something is better than doing nothing. I wasn't making the progress that I wanted. I found a new program and started doing it. I made tremendous strides and gained strength and lost weight.
By August I had lost 19 lbs and was squatting around 240lbs and getting 205 lbs on the bench press. Not bad for an old fart. I think I may have mentioned here that I was putting up more than 4 plates on squats and that I was on track to be squatting more than 10 times my age in weight by my next birthday. Had I continued making linear progress I was on track to squat more than 600 lbs.
I didn't really expect to keep making linear progress on any of my exercises but I thought I was realistically looking at:
Bench Press: 280 lbs
Rows: 205 lbs
Overhead Press: 225 lbs
Deadlifts: 300+ lbs
My time frame for this accomplishment was the second week of March (this week). I was kicking butt. Not only was I making great progress with strength building I was losing 1 to 1.5 lbs a week. I thought I would have dropped a full 50+ lbs in just over 15 months.
I was on target. I was getting it done. I was seeing results and I was psyched. I was so psyched that on August 18th while doing my chest rows I decided to not rest the barbell on the floor for the 2 mins between sets. I held a 115lbs weight in the rest position between every set of 5 reps and believe it or not still managed to get all 5 sets in, although the last 3 reps in the last set were VERY painful.
I took a month off, mostly because I couldn't hold a soda without pain shooting up and down my forearm. After a month I broke down and saw my DR. I was told take six months off. I didn't want to do that. I took 30 more days off and went back the gym. Bad idea.
Eventually I listened to the DR. and stayed out of the gym and away from the weights. Until this month. I restarted lifting at a reduced weight program designed to test my forearm and get me back lifting. What that looks like is:
Squat: 225 lbs
Bench Press: 115 lbs
Rows: just the bar
Overhead Press: 115 lbs
Deadlifts: just the bar
Normally I get off work late and there isn't anyone around at the gym, or if they are they are finishing up and going home. I have the place to myself. Tonight I got off work 2hrs early. Tonight there were young guys in the gym and fat chicks who only come after the serious gym rats go home. Tonight I had an audience, who saw me working out with just a barbell. Even the fat chicks stopped to stare. Having the guys shake their head was bad enough. Having women do it too...
I've got one more work out on Thursday at the reduced weights. If that goes well, I'll be able to start adding weight on Sunday. If I keep from re-hurting myself, I should make this years goal, next year.