Decided to create a log here after years of lurking. I've always enjoyed this forum for the content Ross posts as well as the forums. The wide array of goals, training styles and sports I've seen on this board are really interesting and allow for a unique experience where users can exchange multiple disciplines and philosophies.
I've spent the last couple of years figuring out what works for me and what doesn't.
There was a period of time I was Olympic squatting 2x BW, strict pressing BW almost daily and could hit almost 20 pullups any day of the week.
Fast forward a couple of years: I'm more muscular, less achy but significantly weaker.
In all honesty, the last part isn't really a big deal to me, at the moment.
Previously I kept a log on another forum but decided I needed a new place to call home. I figured RT was the right place since I frequently find myself on the site anyway.
Goals right now are to get stronger and lean out a little.
A little back story, if you want to know why I have a preference for certain lifts:
I was born with a "unique" left hand (I'm actually not sure of the politically correct term for this, but keep reading and you'll understand.)
I was born without much of a thumb on my left hand and an index finger that should have been a thumb. To maximize the functionality of that hand, surgeons removed the left thumb rearranged the structure of my hand, making my left index finger a thumb (basically.) This took place when I was three.
Well, fast forward two decades and some and that arm is still internally rotated from being in a cast and sling for so long. To compound that issue even further, my left lat is truncated, and I suspect some of the muscles that move my left scapula have scar tissue running through them as a result of a heart surgery that was performed shortly after I was born-- they couldn't do open heart surgery because it was too dangerous, so they went in through my left side.
My left elbow has less ROM than the right and I can only use a full grip when pulling things. It's also slightly shorter. I knew this was a problem early on and pretty much accepted that DBs would have to be my go-to tool for my upper body. I have used the barbell off and on, but it usually ends up causing problems sooner or later.
I enjoy lifting and plan to keep doing it as long as I can.
My favorite lifts are 2 DB OHP and the front squat.
If there's anything else you'd like to know, feel free to message me!