It took about six months of lifting to get to this point, but it has happened. I now have a gym total of 1000 pounds between the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Numbers are:
To recap how I got here — I did Stronglifts 5×5 for about three months before transitioning to Madcow 5×5 for the following three months. My finishing numbers for Madcows were 340 squat @ 5 reps, 205 bench @ 5 reps, and 365 deadlift @ 5 reps. With those numbers I thought it would be possible to hit the 1000 lb total on my 1RM for the three lifts, but it was no gimme either. I was least confident in bench.
I went up and hit a 365 squat today and thought that it was fast enough and I had enough in my tank to go for 370. In hindsight I probably could have done 375 if I went for that first and had not wasted the energy on 365. Live and learn. Bench went strong, but four plates on deadlift went really slow grinder. I screwed up my jumps on the way and did a 375 deadlift for a single instead of a 365. Took some energy out for sure.
Anyway, big milestone hit and my next goal is a 1200 lb total.
I have officially switched to Wendler 5-3-1 and will begin that tomorrow. We shall see how this new program affects my numbers.