Since a young age I have always be interested in strength and physic, I started doing a small work out regime every night before bed of 40 push up, 40 sit ups and 40 oblique twists when I was about twelve years old, and kept this up for about two years or so in hopes that it would help me drop some weight and not be a fat kid. In high school I kicked it into overdrive by hitting the gym about five days a week on and off for about two years straight. I got pretty strong and by the end of my time there I was able to bench press about 275lbs twice, I was very proud of this but at the time was also realizing that I spent too much time lifting weights and not enough time doing cardio work, the Reason this dawned on me was that my father died do to heart related problems in September of 2007 because he was too heavy. That scared me so I started running a bit more.
So when I was out of high school I started running more than before, I started small and worked my way up to a couple times a week. Due to lack of funds running became a substitute for the gym and soon I had dropped from an average weight of 235lbs to 210 lbs. Eventually I disided to start going to the gym again and basically had to restart all the progress I had once made, This was compounded by the fact that I stopped every two months for a while then started again. The thing that always disheartened me was my lack of strength on the bench press compared to what I was capable of before, I had figured because of my lighter weight I would never get to my 315lbs bench mark that I always wanted to reach.
About three months ago I started working out again, five days a week and with a new outlook toward my fitness. My approach would be to hit everything as balanced as I could and work on cardio, form, and core work more and better than before. This new approach was also helped by having the guy who owns the gym that I go to start helping me train. Starting from the bottom and working back up with much stronger and more disciplined form. Now after three months of work I have made much progress and am much more healthy than ever before. Not only am I in better cardiovascular shape than before, and weight 25lbs less than I did, I can now lift almost as much as I once could but with much better form and discipline.
I hope to be able to flat bench press 315 lbs in the next four to six months, I am current able to press around 260lbs at a body weight of 215 lbs and a height of 6'3".
Here is a video of my max attempt last week.
So I ask you Giantbombers do you have a goal that you are finally near reaching? What is it, are you almost there? It doesn't need to be anything specific, just what ever you are trying to accomplish.
An update on my progress, I went up ten pounds on my Maximum 1 rep on Thursday, I also ran 8.5 km in 45 minutes yesterday, both are new records for me.
Update 2: I was able to press 225 for three sets of 6 today, this means that I am well on my way.Also I checked my weight, I've put on 5 pounds, I'm now sitting at 220lbs and I've gone from 14.2% body fat to 13.6 in a month.
Update 3: So I figured it's time for an update as my goal has not changed, after some back and forth health I am back at it, I got 245lbs for six reps on my final set yesterday, that brings my max up to between 290 and 300lbs, I am finally almost there, I will post a video when I reach my goal.
Update 4: I went in today, I did 1x8 with 135, 1x6 with 235 1x6 with 245 then 1x5 with 250, five pounds a week increase it seems, solid progress.
I am thinking that once I can get 3x6 at 265 I will try for 315.
Update 5: I went in today, it seems I am now reaching a slow peak, I got 235x6, 245x6, then 255 for 5 reps, now starts the slow grind.
Update 6 Duders: All right today I wanted to see what I could really do iif I started stacking the weight, I did 225x3 275x3 225x3 275x2 225x3 280x1
I am getting close, in two weeks I will try 290 and see how it feels, think I can do it, but trying new weight is always intimidating.