Alright, brand new to these forums and brand new to GSLP, but not new to training so I figured I'd post here. I am starting GSLP on Monday but wanted to introduce myself and give a little background:
I've been lifting since around Fall of 2006. Didn't really know what I was doing. Followed friends, read stuff online, but basically just did 3 sets of 10 for everything- no clue on progression or programming. About fall of 2009 is when I started to get it together. I started learning about powetlifting and wanted to do a meet, so I did a basic block periodization and 5/3/1 to prepare. Since then I have done 5 meets total, however my most recent meet was a disaster as I totaled nearly 40 lbs less than my previous best total when I was planning on totaling 30-60 lbs more than my previous best. Part of this was because I was planning on doing the meet single ply and had spent the better part of this year training for that, but about 6 weeks out decided to go raw since I was having trouble with my bench shirt. I had lost a lot of low end strength during my geared training and just didn't plan for it at my meet. So, after the meet I randomly came across GSLP. I had seen it before but didn't know much about it. I started reading up on it and immediately bought the book (actually, the e-book/hard copy/shirt combo. The program seemed like everything I was looking for. I have done 5x5, the Texas Method, 5/3/1, 5/3/1 for powerlifting, Westside and other random routines. I always prefer simplicity and bang-for-my-buck, and I look for inclusion of the movements that I feel are important. GSLP had it all and has made me excited to train again. I still plan on competing in powerlifting, but I need something different as I didn't really like WSB and I didn't see a lot from 5/3/1. So, I know that was long-winded, just wanted to be thorough. I'll put my stats below and I'm using some conservative starting numbers seeing as how my raw strength is down (plus I suck at benching and only started overhead pressing a month ago).
Best Squat: 435 w/knee wraps
Best Bench: 248 paused
Best Deadlift: 512
My starting numbers will be 305 on the squat, 205 on the bench, 375 on the deadlift, and 115 on the press. I will bump these up depending on how the first week goes.