31 years old.
5'6", 190 pounds and holding.
I'm not sure exactly where to post this log, but I still think I have some time on advanced novice linear progression for my squats, or at least I hope so.
I started lifting (while being concerned with doing effective exercises) about a year and a half ago, or Fall 2010. At that time I weighed about 155 lb. and had been running pretty seriously, so it was a change in my fitness philosophy, in that I realized I couldn't weigh 155 and be as strong as I should be. Got some barbell equipment in my basement in December 2010, and began with the Stronglifts program, more or less. After learning of Mark Rippetoe shortly after, then finding this site, I switched programs to the SS novice LP in Spring 2011 (bought SS 3rd ed. later in 2011). Made good progress, despite [edited out excuses].
I won't bore you with the details of all of my previous logging, but suffice it to say that I had many deloads brought on by life, and a lot of stagnation. Over the last few months on advanced novice I got my lifts up to (in some cases back up to) the following:
Lift Weight (lb.) Sets_x_Reps
Squat 280 3x5
Deadlift 345 1x5
Bench Press 225 3x5
Press 135 3x5
Power Clean 170 5x3
I do some chins too, and occasionally some dips, but I don't focus too much on them and do them as I have time and energy. I also throw some conditioning in every now and then. I'd like to do sprints once per week and then a moderately long (30-40 min.) slow run each week, but it doesn't usually happen.
I'll also note that my wife is expecting (our third child) and is due in about 3 weeks. I'm going to stick with my current program for as long as I can, but I'm thinking that when recovery gets to be too much, I might swing over to Wendler's 5/3/1 for at least a while. I'm definitely interested in hearing any thoughts on programming.
My current programming looks like this, although it does vary a little bit depending on time constraints:
Squat 3x5 (Will often happen on Sunday night)
Bench Press/Overhead Press 5x5 (using a TM type program, exhausted my novice LP)
Chinups, back extensions, some other type of not too taxing assistance work (open to suggestions here)
Light Squat 3x5 with 80% (sometimes 2x5, sometimes 3x3 with 90%)--Often on Tuesday Night
If Bench Press, something lighter (have only done this once so far)
If Press, perhaps try to doe my last press intensity for 3x3, or something like that
Squat 3x5--Often on Thursday night
Bench Press/Overhead Press 1x5 (TM Intensity)
Power Clean 5x3