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I’m a massive overanalyzer & at times it even prevents me from training properly because I think about things too much, and this I think is one of those times.
Age - 21
Height - 5,10"
Weight - 252lbs
Bodyfat - 17-18%
Experience - 6 Years
Insulin Dependent Diabetic
I’ve been worrying & worrying now for a couple of weeks about my current routine. For a few years now I’ve been training using a 3 day split (M/W/F) that looks like the following…
Monday - Chest/Biceps
Wednesday - Legs/Shoulders
Friday - Back/Triceps
Every 6 weeks I’ll change the reps from 6-8 to 10-12, and I’ll also change exercises etc, e.g. Barbell to Dumbbell Bench. I figured this was enough to keep the program from stalling & to keep me from plateau’ing.
I don’t even know whether this is working for me anymore. People say “if you are still gaining, then stick to it” but I don’t know if I am. Considering I’ve been training 6 years, and I actually LIVE with my own body on a daily basis, I can’t really tell if a particular training program is working for me or not, because personally I’m not gonna notice a 1-2lb increase in Lean Body Mass.
For all I know, I could be following a program that is doing nothing for me in terms of size & so I’m just basically wasting my time. To be honest, I personally think I’ve looked the same now for at least 2 years or so, but I still convince myself that I MUST be gaining somehow, therefore I keep going back to the gym. I may NOT be gaining at all anymore, and this is one of my biggest concerns because I don’t even know. Also, at my current bodyfat level it’s even harder to tell if I’m gaining any size, and the scales aren’t really a good indicator because any weight increase doesn’t necessarily mean it’s muscle… It could be just fat I’m gaining & I’m none the wiser.
For this reason I’m losing motivation EXTREMELY fast & every day I’m just constantly thinking about whether or not my actually going to the gym is giving me any results anymore. I eat a hell of a lot each day (6-7 times) plus being diabetic I HAVE to eat this often, so I don’t think it’s my diet that’s the problem. I just think that my current training method is a waste of time & I’m basically going to the gym for no reason.
I’m not even sure whether to increase my workout days to 4-5x a week instead of 3x because if this doesn’t work then my motivation will drop even LOWER due to the fact I’m spending more time in the gym, but getting the same results, which at the moment “seems” like none at all.
I thought that by now, having been training for 6 years, I would have figured out what works for me, but it seems I’m just back to where I started when I first began bodybuilding. I don’t know what the hell to do. Should I increase my workout days from 3-5x a week, should I try a completely different training method (5x5 etc?), should I stick to my current training method & keep convincing myself that it’s actually working? There’s a small chance it “could” be working, but how the hell am I meant to know, if the gains are so small (e.g. a 1-2lb increase in size every few months).
My long term goal is to get as BIG as I possibly can whilst keeping bodyfat levels relatively low. To put this in perspective, if somebody said I could look like Jay Cutler or Branch Warren tomorrow, I’d say YES YES YES! I realise these guys have amazing genetics, but if I could even get to be a respectable size “in comparison” to them, I’d be happy. I just don’t think that with my current way of training I’ll ever get there. With so much information around and so many things to choose from, I’m completely lost as I don’t know WHAT to change in regards to my routine.
I don’t know what kind of dedication it takes to get to that level etc. I don’t particularly want to “go back to the basics” either such as doing a TBT (Total Body Training) routine 3x a week, because I hear these are more for beginners, and for me to just go back to doing a TBT routine or something similar after having been training for 6 years, I’d feel like the past 6 years have been a complete waste of time mentally AND physically.
I realise this is getting a little bit long now, but for all who have read up to this point, I really appreciate it, and would be EXTREMELY grateful if somebody could help me out, as I’m not sure where to turn to now. This is basically my last resort.
Thanks a lot in advance!