I'm starting this log to hold myself accountable for the failures and successes I'll experience over the next several years. Here's some background. I got wrangled into lifting the begining of this year by my cousin. He called me up and told me he had a super-elite training program he was starting to grow TehGunz and asked me if I was interested. I hadn't touched a barbell since I was in high school (I'm 27), never worked my legs and had a bad car accident 2 years ago that kept me off my feet for almost a year. Anyhow, I agreed under the stipulation that I didn't know what the fuck I was doing and he'd go with me for the year to keep me motivated. Long story short, he left me hanging about 2 months in. I was stuck with a years membership at a shithole gym (luckily they have a squat rack and a cage). I'm not one to waste money so I started lurking here daily making newbie posts occasionally about nonsensical ideas that floated into my head. After a month of reading up on the great posts here, on the powerlifting forum at BB.com and working as hard as possible on form I think that I have decent enough gains to try to become a respectable member on the "S" side of the S&C side of the boards. Real gains have fueled my desire to take lifting heavy things to the furthest limit I can. Many people here are an inspiration, so much thanks to you all. Current PR's HB Squat: 275x3 parallel Bench: 265x2 Deads: 435x1 SOHP: 135x1, 125x3 (teh SUCK) I think my lifts are kind of out of whack and I am striving to ratchet my squats to a respectable number. I've laid out a couple goals for the near future. -1000 lb total on the big 3 in 6 months (I think I can hit this, have to plan a PL fake meet day to see, sometime next week.) -quit smoking by the end of the year - press my BW in a year So far I have heavy lifting to thank for helping with my back problems. I had niggling to severe pain in my lower back for 6 or so years and I now feel almost 100%. Currently I'm 6'1" and 215lbs (up 35 in about 5 months). Next workout is in 2 days and I'm committed to keeping this thread active. Thanks again to the quality posters here, I have you all to thank for an appreciable higher quality of life.