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Finally Back In Action

So after the toughest semester academically I’ve ever had in my life, I am once again ready to seriously devote myself to getting stronger and bigger.

What Happened Last Semester
I had a tough, time-consuming academic courseload and spent upwards of 10-15 hours a week working in a lab. As a result, I stopped going to the gym as frequently (sometimes only once a week), and I cut squats and deadlifts mostly out of my workouts. To be honest, I just lacked the motivation and energy to perform like I did the semester before (when I had a much easier time in school).

I dropped about 8 pounds of bodyweight, but at the same time, I noticed that my pants were not fitting me anywhere near as well. I developed a bit of a belly and lost about 15%-20% of my strength on all of the core lifts.

Looking back, it was dumb of me to sacrifice physical fitness for academics. After all, you only have one body your entire life, and without good health, you really have nothing.

Goals For The Summer
Now that the summer is here, I have no excuses.

Here are some tentative fitness goals I want to achieve over the summer.

  • Get my bodyweight up to 175 (I’ve always wanted to break the 170 lbs barrier, but have never quite ate, trained, or slept enough to achieve it)
  • Be able to deadlift 315 lbs for 5 reps
  • Be able to squat 285 lbs for 5 reps
  • Be able to military press 155 lbs for 5 reps
  • Be able to bench 255 lbs for 5 reps

I will be training strictly on the program outlined in Starting Strength to achieve these goals, and will update this blog every few days with my progress.

One Response to “Finally Back In Action”

  1. vince says:

    I’ve had a few of those semesters too. good luck with your goals.

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