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  • On to the Bridge!

    Had my last session of SSLP last night. It was pretty brutal. My numbers are not very impressive, but I'm stronger than I've been in the past. I've been running the BBM Bench and Press Plugin for the past two weeks or so.

    Age: 27
    Height: 5'11"
    Weight: 260 lbs
    35% body fat as measured by laser eyeball

    Squat: 245x5x3 (Did 250lbs for 5 last night, but failed after one rep on set 2)
    Press: 140x1,125x4x8
    Bench: 170x1, 140x5x5
    Rows: 140x5x3
    Deadlift: 245x5x1

    These numbers are a lot lower than I hoped they would be by the end of my LP, but there's no point in continuing the LP if it's not working. I've been in a calorie deficit for the past 3 weeks in order to lose body fat, which I'm sure affected my numbers. Also, I capped my rest periods at 5 minutes, since any longer than that makes these training sessions too long for me to comply with.

    I started StrongLifts 5x5 back in May when I weighed 250. I switched to 3x5 per Starting Strength at the beginning of August and was up to 265lbs. My son was born on August 19th, 4 weeks early, so we spent a week in the NICU with him and all-in-all I went 3 weeks without training. I started up again the second week in September. I foolishly didn't deload, so I wasted a week at RPE 11 without being able to add weight to the bar. Around then is when I was introduced to BBM and also started a calorie deficit since I have a 50 inch waist (not good).

    Anyway, I'm hoping that the increased volume on the Bridge 1.0 will help me improve my strength while losing weight. I'm also excited to try out the variations of the main lifts and am looking forward to the RPE-based approach so that my eyes aren't bugging out of my head on every lift.

    On to the Bridge!

  • #2
    Go for it, good luck and enjoy!

    If you don't have one, I suggest starting a training log here.
    Last edited by t_angeiras; 10-10-2018, 06:52 PM.
    Me gainzz


    • #3
      Welcome UnPractical. The bridge is the way to go and as t_angeiras mentions, starting a training log here is a good start. You can also read many others' logs on The Bridge.

      Welcome also to the land of dad. RPE helps with a new bub. There are a few of us here with little 'uns and how we manage life and training around them.