I couldn’t find similar posts (in terms of my age, body type, etc) on this forum, so I thought I would try posting and pick your brains a little.
I’m looking for brutally honest, real world advice on my progress as I’m becoming pretty frustrated. The guys at the gym are making fun of me (friendly fun) as (according to them) with the weights I’m lifting I should be seeing significant hypertrophy - I’m not.
I don’t know if it’s just my age, impatience, or I’m just a genetic freak. I’m hoping that someone on this board can help out!
I’m 31 and a newbie - been lifting for 1 year exactly - meaning: no training prior to that at all. I became very sick (stress) last year and decided to get off my ass and get healthy.
I’m 6ft, currently 187lb with “skinny bones” (7" wrists). When I started I was pretty weak: I had difficulty curling 25lb dumbbells, now I’m up to 45lb @ 3set/10rps.
I work out M/W/F, currently on Waterbury Strength/Muscle Mass plan, cardio on off days. I often strain my tendons/ligaments so I’m trying to lift what feels safe and currently squat 270lb, bench 175lb, leg press 450lb (all 7-10reps). Super healthy diet, lots of protein and all that jazz
My frustration: minuscule muscle development (especially on my arms). I have 41" chest, 35" waist, 13" arms, 15" calves, 23.5" thighs, cold, unflexed. All of my body fat collects on my chest and belly (all 20% of it I guess) and it’s been difficult to get rid of it but I’ll get there.
I admit, I didn’t much work on my arms in the first 9months of training (no idea why, I should’ve asked my cheap trainer back then).
So my question: from your experience, what should my realistic goals be at my age and after only 1 year of training?
I know it takes time for muscle to grow, but since the guys at the gym tell I should be much “bigger” based on my workout routine, I can’t help but wonder. Then again, some of them are 7 years younger, others have been working out for several years.
Anyway, I’ll be very grateful for any constructive feedback, sorry for the long post. If you think I should just chillax and keep lifting, just say so