Hello just joined, I am 39 and work as a heavy equipment operator. I spent 16 years in the Marine Corps as a 0351 anti tank assualtman. I was also a mountain climbing instructor, Marksmanship instructor and recruiter (Not by choice) and I spent two years on the Marine Corps rifle & Pistol team. I was active duty for 12 years after a divorce I decided that I wanted to be around for my kids so I went into the active reserves 223 Port Hueneme. I was supposed to re enlist in Oct. right after Sept. 11 occurred but my new wife freaked out and begged me to get out. I respected her wishes after a half a dozen fights later and opted out. After leaving the corps. I got really lazy and stopped doing much of anything in the way of exercise. 10 months ago I took a good look at myself and did not like what I was looking at. I was drinking a twelve pack everyday after work and was smoking 2 to 3 packs of cigarettes a day. I decided to stop smoking cold turkey stopped drinking and picked the weights up again. I was 190 lbs @ 21% BF and my max bench at that time was 275 just starting out again. I am now 240 lbs @ 14% BF and can bench 400 lbs. My goal is to reach a personal best of 500 lbs on the bench then go on a hardcore cutting program. I want to make 500 before I turn 41 but the gains are starting to slow now so I know the next 100 lbs are going to be the real monster, lets see what happens.