About a year ago, I made a commitment, like everyone does at some point, to get myself back in shape. I was just about to turn 35, felt like shit and far as I’m concerned, looked like it. 6’2″ and 228 lbs. I didn’t recognize myself.
Dropping the lbs wasn’t too hard looking back. A mix of running, learning how to eat more properly, and haphazardly tossing weights around. I dropped down to 189 and that is where the fun started.
I came across Body Of A Spartan while searching through a sea of self help workouts and p90x-ish BS and it stood out. I wanted guidance from someone like-minded, not selling false hope, and with real life experience and knowledge he’d earned.
I still love the line, “We are going to lift some fucking weights!”
Fast forward to a few days ago. I was on a high from setting a personal best on bench press. A year ago, I warmed up with plates (135) and worked up to 155 and felt that. Along the way, I’d bench pressed my bodyweight for my first milestone and during my last work out, I repped 225 for 8 and 235 for 6. Two plates was a second milestone. And I know I have more in me. I sincerely feel like I’m just getting started.
Bench press is way up, I’m squatting 315 for reps (though I need to work on my form) and I have never done deadlifts before Body Of A Spartan and I’ve matched the squats with weight. My weight was 228, down to 189, and I’m sitting at 210 right now and still wearing the size 32 jeans I was at 189. My goals are to simply keep pushing on, further carve out the abs, and build up the muscles especially my chest and shoulders.
Lastly, and I know its less important, but I’ve gained a ton of confidence this last year. I walk around the gym like I belong there and not like I’m inconveniencing the big guys by using the equipment.
Thanks for Body Of A Spartan. Was a great outline for me to follow. Perfect mix of motivation, exercises, and sincerity!