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    Big Dan's Journal

    Hey all - new to this forum, but I've been around the bodybuilding/powerlifting forums for many years. The main one I post at is closing down, so I'll be posting my lastest workouts here for my reference and historical purposes.

    Age: 38
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: ~250lbs
    BF: There's enough...not really concerned with it right now.

    Major Injury History:
    • Both knees have been scoped 3x each for injuries such as mensicus tears and the like. No major damage to ligaments
    • Currently recovering from right shoulder labrum surgery and a bicep tenodesis (reattached my upper bicep tendon through my upper humerus). Currently 8wks out from surgery (surgery date: 03-Nov-2017)

    Lifting History
    I grew up playing football (O/D lineman) and that meant I spent a lot of time in the weight room. I couldn't gain weight - graduated HS at a whopping 185lbs - but had an introduction to proper (or better) nutrition in college through self-education on forums like this one.

    I was very serious with lifting - mostly a bodybuilding approach - between 2001 and 2006/7 or so. I gained a lot of size and strength - got up to about 260lbs (at the peak of bulks) and could DL about 405lbs for singles. At that point, I really loved surfing and decided that being built like a WWE wrestler (a chubby one) wasn't conducive to surfing and snowboarding. I went on a more total fitness approach and introduced running and more body weight work into my workouts.

    My twin girls showed up in mid-2009 and my fitness pursuits went on hiatus for about five years. At that point, I decided I didn't like being the fat dad and started getting back into shape. I was doing more of a long-distance athlete approach to my training. I even ran a sprint triathlon. Over that time, my knees (which have undergone multiple surgeries each) decided they hated me and I stopped running as much. I also broke my tailbone (I'll tell you all the story one day...) and couldn't sit on a bike for a while.

    A new job presented itself with a new boss. This boss was into lifting and reignited my love for the gym. He turned me on to the Stronglifts app and I was hooked. I'm no longer concerned with size as much as strength. And, that leads me to my current situation - tore my labrum benching and am recovering from surgery. Itching to get back in the gym.

    General Interests Outside The Gym:
    • Surfing
    • Snowboarding
    • Running
    • Swimming
    • Mountain Biking
    • Hiking/Backpacking (would love to do the AT someday)

    So, that's me in a nutshell. Feel free to ask questions. Looking forward to my time here.

    The first part of this journal will be a historical posting of my workouts dating back to when I starting Stronglifts:

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    04-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout A

    Squats
    45lbs - 5 sets x 5 reps

    Bench Press
    45lbs - 5x5

    Bent Over Row (BOR)
    65lbs - 5x5

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    06-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout B

    Squats
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    115lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    135lbs - 5x5

    Overhead (OH) Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    65lbs - 5x5

    Deadlift (DL)
    145lbs - 1x5

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    08-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout A

    Squats
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    115lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    140lbs - 5x5

    Bench Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    115lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    135lbs - 5x5

    BOR
    70lbs - 5x5

    Skullcrushers
    50lbs - 2x8

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    10-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout B

    Squats
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    115lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    145lbs - 5x5

    OH Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    70lbs - 5x5

    DL
    135lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    155lbs - 1x5

    Barbell (BB) Curls

    55lbs - 2x8

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    12-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout A

    Squats
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    125lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    150lbs - 5x5

    Bench Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    115lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    140lbs - 5x5

    BOR
    75lbs - 5x5

    Skullcrushers
    55lbs - 2x8

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    14-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout B

    Squats

    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    125lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    160lbs - 5x5

    OH Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    75lbs - 5x5

    DL
    135lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    165lbs - 1x5 (w/u)

    185lbs - 1x5

    BB Curls
    60lbs - 2x8

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    17-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout A

    Squats

    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    135lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    165lbs - 5x5

    Bench Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    125lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    155lbs - 5x5

    BOR
    80lbs - 5x5

    Skullcrushers
    55lbs - 2x8

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    19-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout B

    Squats

    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    135lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    175lbs - 5x5

    OH Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    80lbs - 5x5

    DL
    135lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    165lbs - 1x5 (w/u)

    195lbs - 1x5

    BB Curls
    65lbs - 2x8

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    21-Jul-2017

    5x5 StrongLift - Workout A

    Squats

    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    135lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    165lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    185lbs - 5x5

    Bench Press
    45lbs - 2x5 (w/u)
    95lbs - 1x5 (w/u)
    135lbs - 1x3 (w/u)

    165lbs - 5x5

    BOR
    85lbs - 5x5

    Skullcrushers
    60lbs - 2x8

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