For the last year I have gone to the gym 4-6 times a week and worked on my strength. Nothing too serious, usually an hour to two hours and solo so nothing really pushing me or any kind of motivation aside from personal goals (which are more conservative and safe than actual potential).
About 3 months ago one of the bigger guys in the gym (Dixon, Oregon State's gym) approached me and told me he was impressed with my size/bench. Hungry for criticism and advice I began to ask him about lifting. He eventually asked if I had considered powerlifting. I hadn't but was eager for a new sport with my debate eligibility up and nothing else to fill my time (even bw runs its course, blasphemy I know) this seemed like a great venue.
Since then I have found tremendous community support and Daleer (the big guy) has been an excellent coach. I got my bench shirt last week and after it gets touched up I will be hitting the bench harder than ever. I have yet to train deadlift/squat aside from weekly box squats and some good morning lifts. I have to blow my own horn here but I have tremendous genetics for this. With relatively short arms a broad back and excellent bone density as well as overall body size I am literally built for this. I have made tremendous gains each week but my star aiming goal is to be one of those guys people read about chasing world records and setting them for future lifters. I am benching just over 500lbs right now without having my shirt figured out. My top end strength is astronomical however where I am locking out over 700lbs on the racks. Once I figure out the shirt and work on the lower end strength (of a bench) I will be right in and around 700lbs. Deadlift/squat are impossible to tell right now as I haven't maxed but that will come with time.
This is my passion and this is what I will be doing for years to come. I have always been told that I would be a tremendously gifted lifter and right now I am trying to cash in on that.
If any of you want to ask questions or discuss powerlifting I will check this blog periodically.
Here is a video of my coach (Daleer) deadlifting 744lbs in 2004. Today he did 750lbs in a SSA sanctioned tourney so his personal record is now 750lbs. But some of you may want to know what that looks like Enjoy:
There is a video of him benching 545lbs. Now he can only get about 525lbs.. but we are working our way back up to where he was before his injuries.