I was encouraged to start a log here, and before I get into too many details thought I'd give you the background.
I used to swim. I was pretty competitive and spent a lot of time at it. I did it for years and learned a lot about conditioning, and physiology.
Then I had kids. I hung up the trunks and raised them. My spare time was often spent either coaching my son's teams or taking him to practices or games.
The kids are in college now so about a year and a half ago I decided to take my life back and started working out.
I knew about as much as the average idiot at the gym does and my gains although noticeable were not spectacular. Pretty much any gain for a sedentary 54 year old would be noticeable.
I read, and I watched exercise videos as I went. I learned quite a bit by doing that. Most if it was wrong of course, but I persevered. Eventually I came to the obvious understanding that simple hard work was the key, like in everything else.
I began to concentrate on the basic four lifts. Squats, Dead Lifts, Bench, and Presses.
The foundation was laid after months of trying to figure things out, and now I am doing a straight linear progression with those lifts (and power cleans).
The weights I lift now are nothing to write home about but they are improving.
So I look forward to learning what I can from the TID as I move forward and sharing any lessons I learn along the way.
- Father Time