I would like to start off this journal with saying that I apologize for not starting it sooner. You missed out on some exciting inspirational moments. I can now deadlift 275 pounds 19 and a half times, chest press 65 (per hand)10 times, and overhead press 55 21 times.
I started working out in 2005 for a few months, was doing overhead press deadlift and bent rows only, because I wanted to lose weight. I hurt my back with bad deadlift form and had to take a break.
2007 Summertime I found veganbodybuilding trying to learn how to be a vegan (started being vegan April 2007). I knew athletic vegans would know the most about this diet, and how to make the most of it. It influenced me to see other people so buff, so I started a bodyweight routine that didn't last very long since I got a gym membership just for the hot tub and now workout there as of a week into the membership. At which point I was doing machines out of fear of hurting my back again, but gained confidence after 6 months. I switched to freeweights in January 2007 and was doing deadlifts, dumbbell chest presses, dumbbell overhead press, bent over rows and pulldowns. If I remember correctly I started with 95 pound deadlifts, 20 dumbbell pound chest press, 20 pound dumbbell overhead press, and probably around 95 pounds on the bent over rows. I follow a strict 3x8 set/rep regime, and added 10 pounds whenever I did all 24 reps. I worked out every day almost, and am now:
Deadlift 275 19rep
Chest 130 10rep
OHP 110 21rep
Bent over row 195 24rep
Assisted pullups bodyweight-160 8rep (bodyweight ~350)
Assisted dips bodyweight-160 20rep
I am in the middle of an exciting transformation, having been overweight since I quit smoking in 2001. I was about 280 pounds last Summer and gained 80 pounds of muscle. Then I took a break recently for 2 months and 25 pounds was burned during that period. So right now my muscleweight keeps increasing and my fatweight keeps decreasing.
I suppose this is a good enough start for now. Tonight I did those chest and overheads.