Ok, starting next week I will be lifting weights again. I've gone through periods in my life where I've been really big into weight lifting / body building before, but this is not one of those times.... I'm still going to be a runner at heart, and will still persue longer races and faster speeds, but I do miss lifting weights and the feeling of upper body strength... What brought this sudden urge to going a gym again on you ask? Well, a few of the guys up here at work all joined a gym together, and one of them is a good bit stronger than the rest of them and he asked me to join and help him out. So I went last week when he said he was planning on maxing out to see where we were in relation to each other... Last time I maxed out I was working out by myself in my garage with no spotter in the mornings and managed to get to where I could do 280 4 times. I never did a 1 rep max due to being afraid of getting stuck under 300+ pounds with no one else to pick it up off of me. My highest ever was 350 back when I was a younger man and was spending a lot more time on the gym. I struggled with 230 last week, which sort of surprised me since I haven't lifted a weight on almost 2 years. Zack, my coworker, got 230 pretty easily. So I'm thinking his max is close to 240. I'm pretty sure I could catch up with him pretty soon. My goal is to get back to 350 without gaining too much weight. I'm back up to 190 after putting 10 pounds after going to Disney, so I think an end weight of 175-180 would be good. So does any one have any weight lifting advice? Or thoughts? Do I need mental help? Is running a 100 mile ultra while benching 350 possible? What if I get hemorrhoids? Wheres the bathroom around here?