As mentioned in the "members introduction" forum i know have finally the time to tip some words here.
I remember started strength training with the age of 16. I was a judoka with a brown belt around my waist but was quite featherweight. 68kg on 186cm.
A lot of guys said, that i am not build for this sport-long limbs,skinny legs and i would be more sucessfull in basketball or in sports where you need a more tall and slim physique.
Nevertheless I was a quite good Judoka and won the 2nd place of the championship in vienna with already the age of 13 when i was doing this sport for 1 year.
I also sometimes did local tournaments where i often reached the second or first place.
The main reason starting with strength training was the advice of my trainer to do some-supplemental help for judo so to speak.
The training was quite endurance like and not THAT effective.
I also used to live in the netherlands for nearly 2 years, where my focuses shift away from judo, to a more strength orientated approach when i was a teenager.
Hey and who doesn´t want to be strong, look good for the girls and gets some respect from the bullys in school,who tossed you around the park when they didn´t find their baksetball to play with? And judo didn´t help much when you have a blocky guy in front of you, you can´t even move a inch when you run agains him.
So Judo faded away out of my sport history and i started seriously working out in a gym with the age 17.
This was even more pushed due a guy called "Christian" in school.
He was the more fat guy and started out working wiht weights. During school u noticed his physical devolpment and with the age of 18 he had body i think every guy in school was impressed with-even if they didn´t admit it.
He had great abs, BF bout 9% 43cm biceps and a full physique.
Even if i always teased him and he was my main target in making jokes i was always jealous cause of his appearance.
I have always been the guy who wants to do things right. So i went to see a famous sports doctor in vienna to been told about training out right.
He himself was a swimmer and trained athletes-but in the anaerobic spectrum.
And that was the fault.
In short all his sets were taken to failure and the volume ramped up over some weeks and then it declined again. All sets were between 12 and 15 reps.
After i have noticed that something coud not be right here,(stalling for over a year) i started educating myself.
Then i have taken the path i think a lot of trainees have gone through.
Jumping from one programm to another,buying more books,jumping again around.
Defending for myself i always have given each approach a fair chance of 6 weeks and i only changed something if i was convinced about its effectiveness.
Thats why i always questioned approaches people have taken.
"Do some drop sets after your work set,that made me freakin hyuuuge"
"Yeah but why and how much?"
"I dunno it works bro,just eat,sleep and repeat"
"Hey DC is the real thing"
"Ok WHY it works?"
"I dunno bro, just eat,sleep and repeat"
This last 3 words where the most empty words i have ever heard in my entire life (ok "what are your stats" are quite near) and i am sick of them.
You can break each complicated formular down to some basics which still hold true, but if your training (needs) to get more complex-you need more complex answers.
If you ask someone bout statistics "Shoud i use the t-test or U test for my sample?" and you get the answer "hey bro its not difficult,all bolds down to simple maths,just look at the 1x1 calculations you did in school" will NOT help much at all which test to choose.
So all my forum activity throughout the decades were quite weak in information.
I perhaps got 2 really good answers regarding my questions in 12 years and even that is an overestimation.
Everyone claims to be a trainer or phd in Biomechanics or whatever, but you seldom get to know a person who JUST READ what you asked.
Also out of that my library got bigger ans bigger, i wanted to know EVERYTHING about periodization,prgramming and the "Whys?" in strength training.
I was really obessed with getting big and strong. I wanted the children starting crying when i was crossing the street.
Even worse i worked out in a gym were 90%of the guys where on juice and of course theire dumb advices where prefered-and not mine.
"He is bigger bro" look at you" that always left a scar in my heart.
My bulkiest pyshique i reached with 98,5kg on 186cm but also with 23%BF.
Nevertheless when you have 100kg on your body and not ALL is fat you neverthelss look big and that how it was.
I often heard of being too big this times and i couldn´t get enough of hearing it.
The highlight for me was, when i was rejected by a girl cause she said i am too big.
It sounds stupid but that was the greated compliment somebody coud give me these times.
But then after some time my perspective changed. MY belly was too big for me and i really wanted to cut down.
And thats were i am today 186cm with 83kg and 17%BF.
I never thought that i could be pleased with such a weight and that being big and strong will get secondary for me. But when you get older, things changes.
Also my obession regarding reading books is much lower than it has been some time ago.
Of course training is still important to me and i still like discussing about training theory,but inside me it has gotton more silent regarding the "Drive for muscularity"