Alive and kickin’. Definitely. I haven’t posted anything up in a long time. I’ve never let it interfere with getting into the gym, but I’ve had some real-life things that kept my mind from doing things like blogging and the like. Those are over though, so I’m trying to get some inspiration back for this kind of thing. I also have a pretty unique personal experiment that I’ve been running over the past few months that I think would be interesting to write about.
Currently, I’m sitting around 170 lbs at 5′ 4″. My max lifts need to be updated on here, but some highlights are:
- Back Squat: 1×350
- Back Squat 9x10x225 (no belt)
- Sumo Deadlift: 1×445
- Bench Press: 1×275
- Bench Press: 8×225
So things have been heading in the right direction for strength.
What Are The Next Steps?
I’ve decided I’m going to put strength goals aside for now and change my focus up. I’ve been focusing on strength for years now, and I have a ton of confidence when I walk up to a bar to bench it, pick it up, or squat it. But I don’t have a ton of confidence in the appearance of my body, and I want to change that.
I’m shifting gears over to bodybuilding. I feel that I have a reasonable strength base (bench 1.6x BW, squat 2x BW, deadlift 2.6x BW) and because I’m not very tall I should be able to build a physique that looks pretty decent. Being short can be really helpful sometimes.
My goal is sometime at least a year out from now to step on stage. I’ll be working with a bodybuilding coach to keep me on track for adding more size to my frame and ensuring I can work on my imbalances that I’ve built up from focusing so much on strength and power.
Some big next steps, indeed.