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Advice on Lifts

Im 23 , 5’7"
before 158lbs.
after 169lbs.

Ive been liting for 6 months, 3x/week doing 5x5 push,pull,legs for the past 2 months.
please comment on my lifts.

bench 140 5x5
squat 130 5x5
deadlift 220 5x5
is it normal? why is it that my bench is stronger than my squat?
i started at 20lbs on bench, 70 lbs on both squat and dl.

and another … im woried about my lower back… i keep on hearing cracking/popping sound when i bend or twist… is it normal?

[quote]Bragazzi wrote:
Im 23 , 5’7"
before 158lbs.
after 169lbs.

Ive been liting for 6 months, 3x/week doing 5x5 push,pull,legs for the past 2 months.
please comment on my lifts.

bench 140 5x5
squat 130 5x5
deadlift 220 5x5
is it normal? why is it that my bench is stronger than my squat?
i started at 20lbs on bench, 70 lbs on both squat and dl.

and another … im woried about my lower back… i keep on hearing cracking/popping sound when i bend or twist… is it normal?[/quote]

Your squat should definitely be higher than bench; consider switching programs and exercises…more specifics needed…could be issues on form or other weak spots you should address; the back crack description is a little vague. keep reading on this site and everywhere else.

if your squats that low your jsut not trying hard enough

had tried lifting up to 17olb but managed to do 3x so i lowered the weight.

Find somebody who squats alot more then you and start training with them.

Seriously I have not seen such poor improvements in squats in that time period. However I can see it happening if you are not comfortable with the exercise therefor not pushing yourself. If you have the strength to jump a few inches off the ground you have the strength to squat much more then that, you just need to learn how to use that strength.

[quote]JNeves wrote:
Find somebody who squats alot more then you and start training with them.

Seriously I have not seen such poor improvements in squats in that time period. However I can see it happening if you are not comfortable with the exercise therefor not pushing yourself. If you have the strength to jump a few inches off the ground you have the strength to squat much more then that, you just need to learn how to use that strength.[/quote]

I agree 100% and really think its mainly you not having the confidence, mental touhgness to just push the damn wieght. Not trying to flame to hard but hey maybe thats what you need.

You cant expect to make good progress by just going thorugh the motions take pushing that envelope and ton of hard work. In six months I would have expected a much greater improvment unless you are/were nursing and injury etc.

Find that person that the above mentions and go bust some balls. come back and post some impressive improvements in 6 more months. This is the only time (the beginning) that you can expect HUGE strides in PR’s dont miss the bus and waste the time.

Phill

Follow Phil’s advice!!! Lift Hard, Lift Heavy, go home. You can be MUCH STRONGER!!! You have to push your self. I was deployed with a guy who lifter for a whole year and saw minimal gains, I lifted the same amount of time, actually less, and had great results, the difference, DRIVE, ATTACK THE WEIGHTS!!! THEY ARE YOUR ENEMY!!! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK
DAstang

i work out in gym where im the only one who squat and Deadlift… The gym instructor is a skinny guy whos always infront of the TV doing his all time fav kickbacks(triceps)… :frowning: im from the Philippines.
Im planning to stay off the gym for bout a week and squat,DL,Bench
HARD&HEAVy…
ill post my progress after 3 months or so…

Bragazzi

Good Luck man, hope to hear from you with some good progress!!!
Dastang

When your goal is strength/bulking, you should be adding about 3-5, maybe more, pounds on some of your exercises every week or two.