I am a 23 year old, 6'1 225 male. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school and college (though I did not graduate) and am a former semi-pro football player. I am also more recently a recovered drug addict and current drop out. My life story is a long one...but while it has everything to do with why I'm here, it's not relevant to being here. I have been out of the gym for 2 years, at first held out by the herniation of my C-4,C-5, and C-6 cervical discs. My life has been intertwined with iron from a very young age...when I heard it was possible that I wouldn't lift a weight again I gave up. I was already in emotional shambles from a poor personal life and, embarrassingly, I couldn't handle anymore. I stopped living. stopped leaving my house, I stopped eating, I stopped sleeping, I started to abuse pain medication and smoke massive quantities of cannabis. I destroyed myself. About a year ago I weighed in at 193...for me, that is skin and bones. That is ribs showing, shoulders concaved, nobbly joints, grayish waxy skin stretched then. It took me less than a year to go from a 265 lb full back to this. I wanted to kill myself. I had tried before and failed...I had tried when my life was good, or, at least, much much better than it had become.
When I had failed the first time I decided to take it as a sign that I had more to do. That there was a reason for me to be here, even though I couldn't fathom it. I promised myself that no matter how low I got I wouldn't resort to that again. I would do what I had to do to work my way out of it. I did that. A year later and I've finally been able to go back to the gym. I'm not sure how it will go, I quit going to the doctors 8 months ago, so I'm really feeling my way through this. 4 weeks in and I've put 10 pounds back on. I'm sure a lot of it is water and food weight, but it feels awesome to be able to tell myself "I've been lifting again for 34 days", rather than lamenting "It's been 800 some odd days since I've touched the iron".
I'm joining this for the same reason everyone has: knowledge and support. I want to be able to share my work, my journey, with the like minded.
I can go on, but it would probably be for my own amusement...without further ado, I bring you my thoughts, my habits, and my workouts. I head to the gym in thirty minutes, after words I will post my diet, and the basic theory behind my routines and hopefully get some much needed feedback.
Looking forward to being a part of an Iron family again.