Stronglifts: 3 Weeks In

Prior to finding Stronglifts5x5 I had a difficult time finding a reason to workout at the gym. It was easy to sell myself on an excuse and say, “I’ll go tomorrow.” Due to the untimely death of my training partner I was lost on the gym floor, doing split routines until muscle failure and thinking I was working towards a goal. Unfortunately with the number of exercises I was doing and the amount of sets/reps I figured I would have seen more progress since May, but that wasn’t the case.

After reading through the Stronglifts site I was sold on the approach, it all seemed to so simple. Reading the success stories and hear interviews with some of the “regular guys” who are lifting weights beyond their expectations has me believing in this program. Much like Dr. John McDougall program, following a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle, this 12-week Stronglifts program will have me seeing strength increases I could never imagine.

Today I start week 4 of the program, after starting from an empty bar (45 lbs) on the squat and bench press, I have made continual gains the first 3 weeks of the program. I see no roadblocks in the near future that will derail my weight gains as I work towards my initial 12-week goals. The more important component in these early weeks, using the correct form for each exercise in order to get the most out of each move.

As of Friday I have recorded and posted 2 videos to the Stronglifts Inner Circle asking for a form check, in order to assure I am performing my squat correctly. This exercise is the cornerstone of the Stronglifts program and I have some minor flaws that I am currently working on fixing in order to get the most out of this exercise. My initial squat goal is 220 lbs and if I continue the gains I have seen recently I should achieve that goal early in January.

What even feels better is going to the gym, knowing what lifts I will be doing and what weights I will be attempting. I have direction, I have motivation and I am working towards goals. It makes me want to go to the gym and push myself even more to achieve these gains.