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Baroque 05-03-2010 10:19 AM

Beginner Strengthgth Journal
I will be doing Madcow's version of the 5x5 and see how far I progress.


Age: 25
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 187 lbs
Bodyfat: ~18.5%
Body Type: Mesomorph
Goal: Body Composition, mainly focused on increasing strength


Back Squats 5x5x115
Flat Bench 5x5x115
Pull Ups (total reps) 5,3,3,3,2
Standing Barbell Extensions 3x9(7)(5)x65
Toes to Sky 1x11xbodyweight
Crunches with elevated legs 1x15xbodyweight

*Numbers are sets x reps x weight used (ex. 5x5x100)
**Sometimes I don't hit the rep goal, so the reps I did are in parenthesis: sets x reps (reps) (reps) x weight used [ex. 5x5(5)(5)(4)(4)x100]


Felt good to get back into it. I've lost all the strength I used to have and have to start on the bunny weights, but it's just a starting point. I look forward to 2 months from now being able to have at least respectable weight loaded onto the bar. The next step will be to get the diet into check, then adding some HIIT cardio into the non-lifting days. One step at a time, though.
Pullups were the most difficult!
I hope I don't overspend my money and have to make up a diet based on :spam:

Baroque 05-05-2010 08:52 AM

Deadlifts: 5x5x115
Standing DB Shoulder Press: 5x5x40
BB Bent Over Rows: 5x5x


Baroque 05-05-2010 09:07 AM

Accidentally posted the above post without finishing it lol

Deadlifts: 5x5x115
Standing DB Shoulder Press: 5x5x40
BB Bent Over Rows: 5x5x75
Bicycles: 2x20


Able to handle the weight easily, even though all I had to eat before the workout was a couple spoonfulls of peanut butter and a 12 oz Mr. Pibb. My body composition is changing from all these newbie gains and it helps the motivation a little bit. Once classes start, this will get much more difficult as a time commitment. As for now, feeling pretty good :)

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