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    Default 57 and trying to crank it up a little

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    I'm 57 years old, 148 lbs as of this morning, 5'8". I began my strength training journey 2 years and 8 months ago. Like most, I have made some progress doing the online workouts that are wide in variety and hypertrophy based. I can't say that I've gotten much stronger over the last year, so when I found starting strength I decided to give it a try. I began training at 138lbs, benched 135, squatted 95, deadlifted 185, OHP 80. In the 5-6 weeks I've been doing this, I've gotten much stronger.

    Today's weight 148.
    Bench: 3x132
    Squat: 3x220
    Deadlift: 1x265

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    Good start. I'm glad that you have found the best scientifically based program I've ever seen.

    Now, you need to target a body weight much more than you carry. You should probably look to weigh about 180. To do that you should calculate eating over 3000 calories a day and consuming 180 grams of protein per day.

    Moreover, you should read the book "Starting Strength" by Rippetoe and "The Barbell Prescription" by Sullivan.

    Lift twice per week for a couple of hours following the guidelines of those two books. You should consult face-to-face with an

    SS coach at least on occasion. If you can swing it lift with the coach every session. If not you may be able to hire him/her online.

    Stick to the program. In a few months you will problem reach your novice limit which will be your baseline for intermediate programming

    Best wihses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carson View Post
    Good start. I'm glad that you have found the best scientifically based program I've ever seen.

    Now, you need to target a body weight much more than you carry. You should probably look to weigh about 180. To do that you should calculate eating over 3000 calories a day and consuming 180 grams of protein per day.

    Moreover, you should read the book "Starting Strength" by Rippetoe and "The Barbell Prescription" by Sullivan.

    Lift twice per week for a couple of hours following the guidelines of those two books. You should consult face-to-face with an

    SS coach at least on occasion. If you can swing it lift with the coach every session. If not you may be able to hire him/her online.

    Stick to the program. In a few months you will problem reach your novice limit which will be your baseline for intermediate programming

    Best wihses.
    Thanks, man.

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    Saturday's workout
    Today's weight:148
    OHP: 3x85 (had to go down for some reason)
    Squat: 3x225
    Chins: 3x5 Apparently gaining weight makes these harder!

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    Default Monday 11/20

    Weight 149
    Bench: 130 3x5
    Squat: 230 3x5
    Deadlift: 270 1x5

    Calories are at 2900, steadily gaining weight

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    Your comment about gaining weight and making chins harder gave me a chuckle. I'm 76 and weigh 215 and haven't been able to do any chin-ups for several years. It's great that you can still do them.

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