So here I am. Getting into my first workout log since I've been on Meso. Really, it's the first time in a while I have had a structured plan. I am excited to say the least. I am training 4 days a week. I am starting from a good foundation. I am uninjured, motivated, as strong as I have ever been and really feel like I could be turning a corner with my ability to gain raw strength. We will see I have had injuries. I have had reconstruction surgery on my right wrist and right knee. Other than that all of my issues are minor; broken ribs, fingers, fractured skull etc. I feel like all ailments are as good as could be so I am starting off with nothing haunting me in the back of my mind. I am not clean. I am not on AAS but am using 3iu daily of the grey top. I am 4 days into this. Other than this I use some good ol' brotien powder, glutamine, BCAA, daily vitamin D and I love me some ganja . No other drugs and a light social drinker. My max #'s are: Bench 365 Squat 410 Deadlift 445 My stats are: 34 6' 7"c in cold water lol 240 lbs Around 20%bf 15+ years in/out of the gym I am just starting to put weight back on my legs since the knee injury. Structurally it is sound. I would anticipate strength to rebound quickly here. I am hoping my deadlift numbers come up with the balance of power returning to my lower half. We will see with this as well. I am vain so my diet will be restricted a bit. I am going for a small surplus on training days and a deficit on the others. I know this may hold some gains back but like I said, I am vain bastard! I don't go to a specialized gym so adding chains to the bars isn't going to fly. Bands are not restricted. Some questions for you knowledgeable guys. -Back support. I need to buy a belt. Good, bad, ugly? -Any reasonable way to substitute the chains? I am always reading and searching so I know I will find good info on the belt but what about the chain dillema? All ears there... Listen, I have gained a great deal of knowledge since I came to Meso. I know enough to know I don't know shit. You know? Haha. I have been given some great advice along the way and I have taken every bit of it to heart. I am open to any and all advice, critical thinking etc. Thanks for reading!