One thing I did not really discuss in my initial post on starting Project HUGE was why I am doing it.
I have several reasons for wanting to get into shape and get stronger, but if I had to pick one reason above all others, I would say that I am doing it for my children. I want to be strong and healthy for them so that I can protect them, teach them to be strong and healthy, and so that I can live to meet my grandchildren and great-grand children. I know that this is possible, because I am 36 years old and all four of my grandparents are still alive. It would seem that I come from hearty stock. My daughter is 6 years old and knows all of her great-grandparents (on my side) very well. How lucky is that?!
As for the other reasons for Project HUGE, I want to be strong, look good, and feel good.
So what are my goals? I'm glad that I assumed you asked. In no particular order, my short term goals (next 1-2 years) are:
- To press 300 lbs. One thing I regret from high school (I believe it falls around #345) is that I did not get my name on the illustrious "300 Club" board. There were only 3 or 4 other names on it and mine could have been one of them, but I did not try hard enough. My best bench press in high school was 285 lbs. Just 15 lbs. short. So now, almost 20 years later, I want to hit that mark. When I go to my 20 year class reunion in 2011, I want to have hit a 300 lbs bench press. At the rate I am going, I could probably hit it much earlier. We'll see.
- I want 20 inch upper arms. Ultimately, I would want them much larger, but as a short term goal, I am shooting for 20 inch. Right now they are around 17 - 17.5 inches, so 20 inches is a long way off, but is it possible in 2 years? Again, I guess we will see.
- I want to be strong. I've always been naturally strong, so that should make this goal easier. But I want to be crazy strong. This is both a long term goal and a short term goal. I don't really have any set numbers that I am thinking of hitting, I guess I just want to set the goal of feeling, at least in some way, that I am excelling in strength in some areas.
- I want to lose fat. Most overweight people, I think, have the goal of wanting to lose weight. They have a target number they want to hit. I've given up on the target weight, I think. I don't care if I can say I weigh a certain amount, or even that I lost a certain amount. My goals do not revolve around what I weigh, they are about my over all health and strength. So to improve my overall health, I want to reduce my total body fat and improve my cholesterol. I don't care if I stay the same weight or not, as long as I can look better, feel better, and stay alive longer. And for those of you out there in the same boat as me, tell the people with those BMI charts to go to hell. BMI is a fine epidemiological tool for looking at LARGE populations, but for looking at an individual, it doesn't mean shit! How many morbidly obese people do you know that can bench their own weight?
As for my long term goals, I have not really nailed them down yet. I am thinking that I would like to be able to qualify to compete in some sort of strongman competition before I turn 40 and I would like to be able to roll up a frying pan.