I don’t do one rep max as part of my training so lifts are listed in the rep scheme they were accomplished. They are current as of September 2019.
- Height: 5’ 6” (1.67 meters)
- Body weight: 135 lbs
- Body fat: 12% (measured via In Body scan)
- Bench Press (3x5): 185 lbs
- Squat (3x5): 225 lbs
I first started weight lifting in 2013. I was twenty years old and I weighed 120lbs. After a stressful first year of college I lost some weight and was unhealthily skinny. A friend encouraged me to go to the gym so I reached out to a different friend who had experience in the gym. He introduced me to strong lifts 5x5 which was a great starting program. I gained 10lbs within the first three months – love those beginner gains! Most of my gains have come from distinct periods where I was able to invest enough time to make significant progress. Within the past year I have gotten much stronger and leaner, producing my best results at my lowest body weight in some time.
I took a class in college on yoga which was my introduction. I would go occasionally, but with no regular schedule until January 2018 when I decided to start going consistently. Initially my intention was increased mobility to benefit my strength training but it quickly grew to more than that. Yoga for me is one of the things in my life that makes me feel most alive. I practice ashtanga yoga and can do a few cool tricks like jump though, jump back and press handstand.
Yoga, weight lifting, 5 times a week… why bother? What is the point of all of this? You are nothing without your health. It doesn’t matter how many friends you have and how much money you have if you can’t enjoy it. Your health allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor and spend time with people you love. When I’m old I want to be able to play sports with my grandkids rather than wallow in pain. This is why when I focus on my strength training and yoga, I have a bend towards safety and quality. My goal is to be healthy, not to win powerlifting competitions. You can see that through my training program as well as my diet
Barbell Weight Calculator
I put the wrong weight on the barbell an embarrassing number of times. I made this weight calculator a long time ago to help me never make this mistake again.