Sorry I kind of jumped on another thread when I should have set my own. Seeing as other people are so sharing I'll try be the same.
I'm from the UK, just turned 37 and workout in my garage gym following the GGA programme. The gym started off small but it's kinda getting crammed in there as I've slowly turned it into what is my perfect workout palace. By that I mean it just has the equipment that I really want though being in the UK I'm limited to one of those pokey little garages that aren't big enough for a car. I pick up my next batch of kit tonight, it's like a little addiction is buying kit!
While on that subject, Anyone else with a garage gym kick them selves that they bought "cheap" in the first place and wish they knew that they'd really dig it and wish they'd just saved up a little longer in the first place? I'll give you a few examples.... I bought a barbell and cast iron weights second hand. Very sensible of me I know but but the bar bell is a hunk of junk with Hex bolts in the end and I'll have to replace it but before I do I need to upgrade my cage. The reason? My cage is perfectly fine and rated to a weight way beyond any that I will get to but it doesn't have everything I want and one of those things is protection for the bar bell on the catchers! Put a lining on you say? but sadly it'll still ruin the knurl on the bar when I rack it as there is no way to avoid this with that style of catcher. so the upshot is that I'm not spending the £300 on a decent bar until I change the cage. Now the cage... I've been giving this a lot of thought with a view to getting one made up with the spec of things that I want. I've got it in for a price at the moment and if that price is right I will push the button. I don't think it'll be in the affordable range for now but i have my fingers crossed anyway and will always buy it later if not right away. I want the cage to be something that will last a lifetime, impossible to destroy and have all the features i want it to have and maybe even pass the thing on in years to come.
So yeah.. I did a lot of sport from being young, you name it I probably tried it and carried this on through uni and a few years beyond. Had a kid, got very fat and lazy (I was just making excuses really) and one day I was walking down the stairs and my belly wobbled up and down and I thought that it has to change so set my self the goal of seeing my 6 pack again before i turned 36! I started the very next day, signed up to learn MMA, and hit my 6 pack goal using this, a combination of cycling then onto running when I thought my body could take it as I got fitter and then onto body weight exercises (300 burpees in a session anyone? ) but guess what? i wasn't strong, I was fit, but I was weak. So dropped that stuff (not the MMA, love that stuff) and set on creating my garage obsession, sorry I mean gym and started lifting iron.
I was pretty sensible in that I followed a structured programme with overload, progression etc (including being a GGA for a while last year) but not anything in the strength range, all hypertrophy stuff pretty much and stopped the cardio kind of things leaving me looking strong but not actually being strong and obviously not that fit in the general life kind of way.
Anyways I've now managed to get myself into the performance goal headspace rather than aesthetics goals and knew exactly the person to help me get there (love Jerreds programming and content) so back with GGA which is great. That said I do want to get stronger, as shown by the test in the programme, and catch up in that arena once accelerate is over as the fitness side seems to come to me easier.
Sorry, bit of a disjointed ramble !
I look forward to reading about your journeys