Alreet guys havent been on the forum for a while but think now is the time to come back. ive been training for a few year now and not really got anywhere, last year when i decided to actually put my mind to it i started to achieve, i was dropping the fat and gaining some muscle at the same time and was loving what i was seeing, this spurred me on so much and i was training 5-6 times a week and enjoying it. I finished 3rd place in a TM transformation comp, I achieved a bench press of 100kg and a squated 110kg and this was something i never thought i would possibly do, then towards the end of the year things started to go wrong. I was training and was in constant pain in my hands, feet, knees and right elbow (an "injury" that i have had for about 18 month now) I eventually bit the bullet and went to doctors and sports injurys specialist, diognosis was arthritis in aformentioned body parts, this pissed me off because i am only 32 years old and in my opinion way to young to have arthritis but hey ho i had to just get on with it. Another problem i have is i keep putting my lower back out, apparently this is because my body is more formed on my right side than my left and this kept putting strain on other side. i was advised to cut my training down to 3 times a week and to go lighter on the weights until pain eased. I done what was advised but I was still in pain even when not training and sitting in the house, i would just stand up and pain shot through my knees, when i wrote the pain shot through my hands, in the end i thought "Fvuk it" and stopped training altogether, weights, running and kickboxing all shit canned. lost what muscle i had gained, gained all fat i had lost and back to square one. So New year, New journal fresh start, havent trainied properly since october ish, although i have been back in the gym to try see where i am at. Obviously i have lost a lot of strength, struggled with 80kg bench press, felt a bit pain in my knees and struggled on 70kg squat, deadlifts are just non existant although this is mainly down to form. So..... Starting from scratch, I'm going to re start and train as if i have never trained before, i'm going to start off with where i am at now and gradually move up the weights, i am going to try get my form as perfect as i can and one of the main things i'm going to do is add in a lot of core work, this should help with the back issue. I am not going to pressure myself with any goals just yet, i just want to get back in the gym and start enjoying it again, i suppose you could say my goal is just to get some strength back and then get stronger. i'll worry about physique changes later down the line although i will be eating good clean foods, i have quit alcohol until my holiday in july so i'm hoping these two combined will help with the physique change any how. I'm going to be doing 5x5 routine but after completing the 5 sets on the body part i'm going to add 2/3 sets of of higher reps (advice on this would be appreciated as i dont know if it will work) @Simon could you please make this my training log, i think there is a way i can do it myself but not sure how, thank you.