A Fresh Start


I turned 51 this week, and after a year of just being old, I figured it was high time to get off my whiney horse and climb back under the bar.  I reached this point due to the culmination of a few different convergences.  1) I’d spent a couple of recent weeks in Texas gorging on Fried and breaded foods that disagreed with me horribly, 2) I’d come home from Texas ill from a chest illness, 3) I took the opportunity to start a fast that worked out to be my longest to date (7 days).  After dropping 20 pounds fasting, I thought it was time to do what I’ve been wanting to do for some time, get back under the bar.

My goal is to keep it simple and make a very slow return.  I’m doing this by keeping the volume low (3×5 or 3×3 vs 5×5) until my muscles and tendons reacclimate to the stress.  Also I’m keeping the weight very low to begin with for similar reasons to the previous (in comparison to previous PRs in the past 5 years).  During the past couple of years, I’ve done a few 4 day fasts, so in addition to my exercise-inactivity, I may likely have lost additional muscle during the fasting.

The first workout consisted of a few basic lifts, Squats, Bench Press, Barbell Rows.  My vitals are 6′ 2″ and 220lbs.

Warmup not shown.

Squats: 120 x 5; 110 x 5; 110 x 5

Bench: 120 x 5; 110 x 5; 110 x 5

Rows: 60 x 5; 60 x 5; 60 x 5

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