Progress and Vanity

So, since this is ostensibly to track progress, it’s time for an update, now that it’s been a little over a year since I got my Olympic weights for the house, and a bit less than a year since I began following any kind of program.

On September 26, 2009, here were my working 90% 1RM’s when I began 5/3/1:

Bench Press: 200# (estimate)

Overhead Press: 100# (estimate)

Deadlift: 325# (2 x 1 @ 315, 6/22/09)

Squat: 250# (1×10 @ 225, 6/5/09)

Since then, those estimates have proved to be variously accurate, and all of them have been improved upon (as of July 21, 2010):

Bench Press: 225 x 1

Overhead Press: 150 x 3

Deadlift: 405 x 2

Squat: 265 x 5

Obviously, losing the best part of three different months (December, a chunk of March, June) prevented there being as much progress as I’d have liked. Here’s hoping for some uninjured time to make strides.

Update: November 12, 2010

Let’s share a bitter laugh at the naive “hoping for uninjured time” closing bit there, shall we? In any case, it’s time for the next ratcheting reset, with the following progress (since last reset / overall):

Bench Press: 240 (+15 / +40)

Overhead Press: 135 (-15 / +35)

Squat: 325 (+60 / +75)

Deadlift: 425 (+20 / +100)

Update 2: April 28, 2012

Okay, I should do these more than every 18 months. Bad blogger, bad!

Bench Press: 250 (+10 / +50) (Yes, this sucks. Yes, I got stapled doing reps of 225 last week.)

Overhead Press: 165* (+30 / +50) (*estimated, based on 8×135 yesterday; true lift is 1×150 some months ago)

Squat: 345* (+20 / +95) (*estimated, based on 5×305

Deadlift: 505 (+80 / +180)

At the conclusion of my second time through the Velocity Diet (standard poses pending), my back shows progress:

July, 2009:

And now, three years later, having run a half marathon (2/2010) and deciding “fuck a whole bowl of that shit” and moving towards strength while remaining lean:

April, 2012:

I prefer the term "Soft-focus American."


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