So I have been strength training for a little while now, and I'm hoping starting a log here will help keep me motivated by being accountable to random people on the internet, and the desire to not be perceived as a quitter. Plus, nobody I know will talk strength with me, and find me annoying when I talk about it. So that's why I need you people. My history with weights is the same as a lot of peoples. Spent 3 years, primarily in the summer, looking to "get ripped" (awwww yeah). I did your typical back/bi, chest/tri, legs/shoulder routine they teach kids in highschool for some reason that escapes me. At one point I lost a lot of weight looking for my six pack, which I never found because I had no muscle mass on my core. Was down to 145ish, and was incredibly weak. Overall, I never gained any strength and very limited muscle over 3 years of sometimes spending 7 days a week toiling away in a YMCA. Incredibly frustrating. Jump to today, I'm doing a Starting Strength variation, and I'm far stronger than I've ever been in my life. But I want to keep on improving, and see how far I can push my strength. I don't play any sports, so this is my outlet for activity for now. I'm still very weak, and haven't progressed particularly well, but even the gains I've made already seem like mountains when I think about how physically incapable I've been my entire life. So here are my goals right now, marked for the end of 2013: Squat: 315 Deadlift: 350 Bench: 200 Press: 150 I'm 170 lbs, 5'11" right now, and gaining weight. Training log... commence!