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    Default Well, that worked.

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    Last year, I was 34 years old, 6 foot 2 and 190 lbsóI looked like a beanpole trying to shoplift a small, but ever-growing, watermelon. Iím a lawyer with small children, so I donít really sleep a lot and I spend a lot of time at a desk. I rode my bike around a lot, but wasnít active otherwise. Iíd always been skinny with nagging back problems, but it was getting to the point I couldnít pick up my toddler without fear of being laid out for a week. I felt tired and broken down and too young to feel that way.

    Interested in building up my back, I ended up with a copy of SSBBT3, read it cover-to-cover, and put a beat up rack off Craigslist and a cheap (and so quickly-replaced) barbell set from Dickís out in the shed. I started to squat just before Thanksgiving, 2013. Iíll admit that Iím NDTP. I still donít sleep enough to recover after 48 hours, and thereís not enough lactaid on the planet for me to drink milk without becoming violently ill. To make up for it, I lift every third day (alternating 2 days one week and 3 days the next), make small jumps in weight, learned to make yogurt in 2-gallon batches, and eat a lot ofÖwellÖeverything.

    Just over 4 months, a reset on all the lifts, and one birthday later, and I brought my lifts up from not much more than the bar to what a lot of yíall seem to think is a good starting place (240 lb squat, 100 lb press, 145 lb bench, and 265 lb deadliftójust started power cleaning last week). Nothing to get excited about, but more than I ever thought Iíd lift and things are still moving up.

    More importantly, I havenít had a back spasm since I started lifting. Not only do I no longer fear picking up my kids, they enjoy getting pressed up to the ceiling. Iíve got more energy and the wifeís happy with the effects, too (she started lifting last month). The belly is still there, but, since putting on a bit more than 30 lbs everywhere else, itís a lot less objectionable. About the only downside is that Iíve had to get an all-new busine$$ wardrobe, as I couldnít button the neck on any of my shirts or get my legs into my old trousers.

    So, thanks, Rip.

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    Nothing to get excited about? Hell, man, I'm excited for you!

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    Yeah, I was playing it cool. I'm psyched as hell about this and really interested in seeing how far I can go.

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    Congrats on your progress. You should consider recording a training log here. You will get some good feedback, and it's a way for others to learn from your experience. Good luck.

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