Being in Beijing has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to get back into the gym again. It's been about 1.5 years since i've worked out on a consistent basis. just reading that makes me sick. sure I worked out a few times in between, maybe a few times a month but nothing like I used to. I'll throw out my lame excuses about being worked to the bone at an internship and the last thing on your mind after putting in a 14 hour day is the gym, but all that is for naught. at the beginning of february i went to beijing and i'll remain here until mid june studying chinese. my plan is to first get into my old form and then start strength training again. I'm going to be spending approx. 2 more weeks doing full body workouts, squats/bench/chins with supplementary work thrown in, just to bring my GPP up, then i'll be starting christophers basic program and will likely use it for a month or two, cycle it with more RE work, then cycle back to christophers program. my for returning to canada is to be rid of my slight paunch, be squatting 225 for reps, benching 185 for reps, and 1RM of at least 365 for deadlifts. i've been to some shitty fitness club that I signed up at, the equipment isn't great (no dip apparatus so I make do by putting two barbells in the squat rack), but there isn't much people using the equipment, the music sucks but ill make do till i get back. one thing that will be a concern for me is my diet. beijing food is extremely greasy, and eating out is cheaper than making your own food. I will have to make wise choices, but I feel that obtaining optimum nutrient levels will be tough. for breakfast my plan is to poach two eggs everyday with two slices of toast, and season with pepper. that will probably be the extent of my making food. the great thing about beijing is a thing called chuan(r) pronouned CHWAR, it's basically mini-kebabs of meat. i can get a buttload of them i.e. 10 sticks from 5-10 yuan which is basically .75-1.25 USD. the shitty thing is the quality of the meat, i've strictly been getting lamb, but i'm going to check out the chicken and see how it it. lamb is definitely the most popular choice. unfortunately being a street food, some of it is made specifically so it has lumps of fat for taste. tastes great, not so good for le body. anyways, i think my lifting goals are attainable, we'll see how my body composition is. whey protein is ridiculously expensive so i'll wait till i'm back in NA for it. oh and I plan on doing cardio on days off i.e. morning run before classes and breaky.