Join date: Sep 2011
Location: California, USA
Hello to everyone. Already started posting in the forums but haven't introduced myself. I'm Tom. Been bodybuilding since my teams. I live out in a ranch with some friends near Santa Barbara. Loving life.
Father to a 15 year old. Also work in the adult industry. Been a longtime fan of TNation and happy to finally come out and start posting.
Join date: Dec 2011
Location: Louisiana, USA
what's up! Decided to get serious after years of maintaining! Time to step things up a bit, glad I found this community and plan on using it as a tool to help me reach my goals. 1st in many,many, more to come.
Join date: Jan 2012
Location: Tennessee, USA
I am a new member and arrived with many questions. But knowing how irritating it is to have someone post a question that has been already answered in the forums, often several times, I am taking the time to search through as well as I can. I have already found most of my stuff answered and more thoroughly than I could have hoped. Thanks to everyone here!
I am thinking I need to give my basic stats before I post any question for any topic, but not totally certain about the best way, or place, to do it. But I just found this thread so I'll do so here, and hopefully it is ok. So I'll give some general background and current condition, etc. Here are my basic stats: age 57, 6ft, 160lbs, total T: 1335 (Quest). No test yet for E but will get soon as possible. I give these numbers since my main interest (and questions) are about T related stuff: TRT, etc. I have recent blood work numbers but from reading here I know I need several things read I do not have yet. Will post those in appropriate forum, etc.
I am musician, professional since age 13. I was introduced to resistance training at around age 20 by a friend who was knowledgeable and very serious about training. But I later fell victim to some of the more unhealthy temptations of the artist/musician life: drugs, etc. So, I got out of training for several years and back into it about 10 years ago, about age 47. Somehow it did not take as long as I thought (for that age) to at least get in basic shape and I have worked hard since. A major change came when I began TRT about 8 years ago. I began with transdermal gel, Testim, since my insurance totally covers it. I got great results very fast. Before that I had seen little results from my weight training, although I was using good form and protocols. With T I quickly gained more muscle mass, lost more body fat, great rise in libido, etc... the expected stuff with T replacement. One of the most intense benefits was not physical but rather mental. I had been having depression, sometimes severe, for a few years and T not only helped, it dispelled the depression entirely. This was unexpected but greatly appreciated! I am still having good results but a few issues, which brought me here. I am just amazed at the level of info and also great camaraderie I have found here. So I want to respect everyone and try to follow protocols, etc.
I'll wait to give specifics about the issues I am having and post on the appropriate forums, threads, etc., which I feel sure is the Pharma, T Replacement section of the Forums. So, I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks to all here for offering this info and your time and experience. Stevie
I've read threads on here before but figured I would finally join and take part in discussions and such.
I've been weight training on and off for about 7, 8 years now. But have been more consistent with it for the past 3 years, taking breaks for no longer than 2 months. So I guess i started with weights when I was about 19. Before then, I did mostly press ups, and the odd bodyweight squat, lol.
Like most guys my age, I started out want to become as big as a house. Y'see, i'm ecto semi meso mostly, but I have very broad shoulders, probably broader than most meso, which helps me looking stronger than I possibly am. I'm quite tall at 6,2 and walk around at about 189-191lbs. I think last time I checked my bodyfat was as low as 8%, maybe even less now. So year, for a number of years I basically did bodybuilding style training, taking those weird protein shakes from Holland and Barrett and and such on and off. At the age of 20, my body did get a lil bigger. I was about 12 and a half stone at university (about 175lb). Very weak, lanky and skinny. Even though i'm a bit older now at 26 and only 15lbs heavier, I am heavier naturally and I at least know that it's a genuine 15lbs of muscle, not just overall bulk.
Anyways, to cut a long story short, I have recently engaged with strength training over the past year, focusing purely on strength rather than hypertrophy, and honestly, I wish I had done this in my early twenties. How can one build a strong athletic body by just benching 60kgs (135lbs) and squatting 50kgs (110lbs)???
I've done deadlifts numerous of times before, but have paid special attention to it for just over a year now, bringing it up from 100kgs (220) to 145kgs (320lbs). Never do more than 5 reps, and i've got a 84inch wing span so I think I have some leverages that help with that, hence why it's by far my best lift.
However, in comparison to my deadlift, my squat is the shits. I have long long legs, and wanted to get up recently as I haven't been able to squat more than 90kgs (198lbs) for a few reps. I did the MARK RIPPETOE Starting Strength workout, doing it exactly as written in the book with the exception of the milk bullshit. I admit, I don't eat like a horse, but I did manage to get my squat to 100kgs (220), although I can't seem to do more than one set with that. So I guess i've hit a wall since I have already done a 10% deload.
Anyways, sorry for the long intro, just wanted to give everyone an idea as to who I am and where I am. Thanks for those who even skim read it!!
Join date: Apr 2012
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Good Day all,
I am new to this site and glad I found a place dedicated to what I want to become. I am a 35 y/o single father of 3. After suffering a major life change over the last 5 years I have decided that I either need to get busy living or get busy dying.
Well I already tried dying and Satan decided he didn't want to give up his throne yet so I guess it's time to try living. With that said, I have decided that I want to become a Strongman. I have no stats to post because, I just started in the gym so lifting the bar really doesn't impress anyone but me. I have been ridiculed by many, teased by many and supported by few. I am here to read alot, ask questions that many will find dumb and annoying, but I am ultimately here to become a Strongman and eventually compete in a competition and show everyone that will power and desire will overcome anything!!!
I am new on the web AND I am trying to download the Indigo projects training but I cannot do it because it says that I am not member of it . What i have to do to be member of the Indigo project ? sorry for my bad english , I am from spain.
Newbie to weight training period! Former Marine so always was lean! In 2011 i underwent 3 back surgeries and was loaded with neurological meds that caused me to gain excessive belly fat! I got a membership at Gold here in the fort worth area and hired a P.T. to whip my azz into shape! Coning here for knowledge! Im not new to forums tho so know how to utilize search function! Thanks for having me!
Join date: Jul 2012
Location: Connecticut, USA
Howdy. I've been lurking T-Nation for years, I figured it was time to join. I've been weightlifting on and off for about 7 years. I played Soccer up until 18 so I've always been athletic. I've wasted a lot of time over the years not accomplishing much of anything. Up until this year I never weighed more than 180lbs at 5'11".
I've been doing a proper bulk and I finally hit 200lbs, which was a long time goal of mine. I'm in the process of cleaning up my diet and adding cardio to my routine. My current goal is to try to lean out without sacrificing size and strength. I've always done high reps, and as result I didn't get very strong. I don't think you get the same intense workout as you would doing 4-6 reps.
Bench: 195lbs x 5
Squat: 225 x 5
Deads: 275 x 4
I'm hoping at the end of the year i'll have added 100lbs to each lift. Anyway, good to finally be a member.
Whats up everyone. Seems like there is a lot to be learned here. I am Hitter 6'0" 225lbs I have been doing strongman for acouple years now and am thinking about transitioning into BB. I power lifted early in my life but never liked the judging. Hit and miss training for years got real serious for a while stayed around 250 to 260lbs had a shit diet. Learned how to diet and exercise right and am almost as strong at 225 then I was at 250 and feel a lot better. I am glad to meet you all.
Hi all. I've been lurking around for the past six or so months and have been reading mostly articles (several a day, especially when I need to read those funny ones by TC Luoma). I decided to join today and may in the future contribute in some meaningful way, but for now I will be mostly quiet (at least that's the plan). I'm new to training in a gym (less than a year) and will probably post more information on that at some point.
Join date: Mar 2013
Location: Georgia, USA
I'm new to this forum and this style of supplement. I'm a former Highish profile football player and competitive lifter. I've been in the Marines for the past few years and my weight, body fat % and overall strength training is highly inconsistent due to deployments. I'm tying to make one more run at college football and this seems to be the place to seek advice as well as purchase supplements. Is this the place for me or should i go elsewhere?
Hi everybody, my name is Alan, I'm from Northern Ireland, 22 years old. I've been reading on here for quite awhile, and eventually decided to join the forum. I Started messing about with weight training at 13, and didn't have much of a notion whatsoever about what I was doing, messing around with DB's at home really. Eventually I joined a gym when I was able to, and started picking up a bit of a clue as I met other people and had actual equipment to use.
I used to follow a primarily bodybuilding style program until about 4 years ago when I entered my first power meet. After that went very badly (my own fault of course) I decided just to continue what I had been doing before, on otherwards screwing around without a proper program or goal.
About a year and a half ago I found Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 program from a guy who works in my gym, who I gather was tired of seeing me messing about with assistance exercises all the time, putting in effort but getting nowhere overall. So I went into it using old numbers, from about 2 years previously, and I've never looked back. I'm kicking myself all over that I squandered so much time by not following a proper strength program, but at least I finally woke up
. The training has been going well the past while, but eating and sleeping have always been where I let myself down most. Hopefully I can get my act together in that department to make the most of the work done in the gym.
I've never tested bodyfat %, but weight is 136lbs/61.8kg as of now and height 5 ft 4.
Numbers for main lifts (done in the gym other than the Deadlift single) are:
Squat - 313.5lbs/142.5kg x 2, 308lbs/140kg x 5
Deadlift - 353lbs/160kg single (competition lift, weight @60.4kg/133lbs in 66kgs & under class). 302.5lbs/137.5kg x 6 from a deficit.
Bench Press - 247.5lbs/112.5kg single, 220lbs/100kg x 5.
Push Press - 176lbs/80kg x 1
Front Squat - 198lbs/90kg x 5