A bit about myself.
I'm 47 years old. Always was a skinny guy growing up, then skinny fat
as an adult. I never did any exercise except walking and biking. I
could do either of those things forever. As time and life went on I
eventually ballooned up to a whopping 5'9, 246 lbs at about 35% bf. In
Christmas 2008 I made the decision to lose weight. I started crazy
dieting and tons of cardio, lost the first 20 lbs fast. I realized that
I had so little muscle that I would probably end up 135 lbs before I
saw anything resembling an ab, so I changed gears.
I began lifting in Feb 2009. Initial numbers in pounds were:
Over the next few years I suffered a number of setbacks. Injuries,
sprains, a hernia, and a few other surgeries. My dieting slowed gains
and I got into a cycle of gain and loss without ever hitting ab level.
The best weight I hit was 171 lbs, and was about 17% bf.
I've done a ton of different programs, with varying degrees of success.
In August of 2012 I managed to hit a few of my lifting goals.
I managed a 315 lb squat for 2 reps earlier this month. I managed a 225
lb bench for 3 reps as well. I'm still shooting for a 400 lb deadlift
(current best is 380) and a body weight OHP. (current best is 170).
It was hard but I continued driving those numbers and pounding away, and this year hit all of my current goals. In February I managed the 400 lb deadlift. In July I managed a 260 lb bench press. In August I hit a 375 lb squat. I managed a 200 lb overhead press as well in August. I hit the 400 lb deadlift for a double in August as well. (I was recently unemployed and had the whole summer to lift, sleep and eat). Recently I picked up some more 45's and managed a 415 lb deadlift. My weight for these was about 190-210 lbs.
Having hit all those goals I had to figure out what to do next.