Sam Ashen Posted February 19, 2015 Report Share Posted February 19, 2015 Hello everybody and welcome to my first Challenge. My name here is Sam Ashen, but that has nothing to do with my real name. Fifteen days ago, I discovered this website while surfing for information. Within 24 hours, I joined and started posting. This is very unusual for me - Normally action like this requires a Potion of Heroism to make the 20 seconds of Berserker Rage easier. I completely identify with Steve's statement, "I am a Nerd. And I deadlift." My goals are very much Warrior Goals. A little over two years ago, I was on another forum and it was discussing Squats, Bench Press, and Dead Lifts, and the 5x5 Stronglifts program. It had an appeal to me and the moment I tried it, I was hooked. When I started, I had trouble staying focused and motivated and I had rotating knee issues, hip issues, hamstrings that refused to move, tight glutes and not in the good way. I was a train wreck - if the choo-choo train could get going fast enough to qualify as a train wreck. The past year I gained a lot of weight, but made a lot of gains. On my signature, there are some links. I linked the Introduction because it gives more detailed information about the path I have taken so far. The short story is when I finished high school, I was 135 pounds (61kg) dripping wet and I gained weight at a rate of about 5 or 6 pounds per year until I moved for the first time to a different state. (country even) Since I was setting up a new life, I joined a gym and started a long practice of working with trainers. I had a long pattern of making great progress for several months, then gradually go back downhill. When I moved to the state I am currently living in, five years ago, I checked in at 217 pounds (99kg) and exhibited the same pattern. From the outside, this is very frustrating to watch. Here is the Quest List I am going to check off over the next six weeks: 1. Keeping the Records:An Apple a Day. Maintain the daily food log. There are 42 days in the six-week Challenge. There are 42 days to check off. +1 CON when completePutting up Numbers! Maintain the daily exercise log. There are 42 days in the six-week Challenge. There are 42 days to check off. +1 STA, +1 STR when completeRinse and Repeat! Review the food log once per week. Make one healthy change per week. There are 6 weeks in the six-week Challenge. There are 6 weeks to check off. +1 WIS when complete 2. Leveling the Cooking Skill:Eggs are your friend. Boil 3 eggs per work day. There are 30 work days in the six-week Challenge. There are 30 days to check off. +1 CON when completeYes, you can Cook! Prepare one creative meal per week. There are 6 weeks in this Challenge. There are 6 weeks to check off. Bonus points if no fire trucks show up at my house. +1 WIS when complete 3. Leveling the Social Media Skill:Until you upload a video, all those numbers you post mean SQUAT! Get on you-tube and upload a squat video. Check when done. +1 DEX, +1 WIS when complete Of course, not even the Starting Zone Quest list is complete without a boss fight! No self-respecting boss is without minions, so here are the minions:Bench Press. 5 sets. 5 reps. Bodyweight. It does not matter what I weight in at. This is my goal. Although it does not matter where these numbers cross, it is really a weight loss goal disguised as a strength goal. The last time I checked was last week and I am 15 pounds away from this goal. It will be checked once per week. So either I lose 15 pounds of body weight or I gain 15 pounds of bench press. Somewhere in between would be ideal and the number I have in mind is 195 pounds or 89 kg. +1 STR when complete Now we are ready for the boss fight! The name of this boss is: 2/3/41. Bench Press. 1 Rep. 2 Plates. 225 pounds. 102 kg.2. Squat. 1 Rep. 3 Plates. 315 pounds. 143 kg.3. Dead Lift. 1 Rep. 4 Plates. 405 pounds. 184 kg. +1 STR when complete Alternatively, we can decide to pass on this Boss Fight until the next Challenge and work on form. Exchange +1 STR for +1 WIS or Exchange +2 STR for +1 WIS, +1 DEX. The last time I checked was on Monday, February 16. 1 and 3 are already in the books, but we are 20 pounds away on the Squat. As mentioned above, this means SQUAT until there is a video - so we are going to have to figure out how to get the video uploaded. Reward: Achievement: 2/3/4, baby! Oh yeah. Motivation. I can sum up my motivation in a single word. DING! DING! 5 sets of 5 reps at body weight!DING! 3 plate Squat!DING! 2/3/4, baby! Hmm. Maybe I should write this up in several places at home and at work. Hmm. Maybe I should make one of these the password for my computer at work I have to change every 60 days. Questions? Comments? Insults? If I start an Accountabilibuddies group titled, "2/3/4, baby!" would there be joiners? 1 Quote Classless Human Male Warrior - Introduction Height: 1.77m Weight: 93 kg Spoiler Current Maxes: (repsxkg) Squat: 10x122.3, 5x138.2, 3x147; 1x170 Bench Press: 10x79, 5x93, 1x102 Deadlift: 10x152, 5x192, 3x210, 1x229 Overhead Press: 10x52, 5x61, 1x70.3 Current Battle Log: 1707 Sam Ashen Summer Swole Program 2017 Challenges: 1701 1702 1703 1704 1705 Previous Challenges: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1609 1610 1611 1612 Daily Log:The Daily Grind Form Check: Stronglifts Olympic More FC's: Pistol Squats Want to play? MFPvP Link to comment
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