I’ve devoted a large amount of time over the past 9 months to developing my strength, and also to a lesser extent — my conditioning.
First, a quick summary.
Jog 300 meters and immediately get winded, start sweating.
Jog 500 meters without getting winded or breaking a sweat.
Then: 70kg x 1 (This was HARD)
Now: 95kg x 2
Then: 105kg x 1
Now: 115kg x 4
Then: 120kg x 1
Now: 157.5kg x 3
Prior to this year, I thought I was fairly familiar with the gym and was doing some fuckarounditis-centric training. No clear goals, no path to progression, no consistency.
Anyone who really knows me knows how tough the last half of 2011 was for me. I was going through an extremely difficult separation and was in need of something to look forward to just to get me through the day. Something that would give me the confidence and strength I needed to just get by.
I found strength-training. I thrive in structured environments and enjoy setting/achieving goals with milestones along the way, so the Stress-Recover-Adapt cycle of strength-training really suited my personal preferences.
So how did I start? The Internet is rich with training information and inspiration. There are two blogs that I am extremely thankful for: Lift-Run-Bang by Paul Carter and 70sBig by Justin Lascek. I was able to find a lot of useful information about lifting — also a lot about life in general — and through the knowledge gleaned from these sources (and many others) I was able to develop my own philosophy for training and health.
This is definitely something I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life. There are definitely always silver linings on every rainy cloud.