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Bigger and Stronger

I’ve been reading articles on TNation for a while now and I decided to give this a try to keep me consistent. I just started uni and prior to that have been lifting on and off, mainly ‘off’, for about a year or so. My main aim is to get my big lifts up, so that if I get stronger I’ll also end up being bigger (if I eat for it).

I initially worked under the ‘Starting Strength’ program written by Rippetoe, for about 2/3 months consistently, even though I didn’t know what proper technique actually was. After a long period of not ‘finding time’ I followed the routine from ‘21 Day Itch’ for a period of about 2 months, not so consistently, but loved the incorporation of Olympic lifts even though I didn’t enjoy and ended not doing the ‘bodybuilding day’.

As you can see I’m a fan of compound lifts and Olympic stuff (which can be considered as compound?) Anyways dieting wise, I consistently eat food which I know the origins of - that helps me from eating shit food.

My current stats are:

Age - 19
Height - 178cm
Weight - 72kg
Bodyfat - (not sure but comparing with others, around 15%)

All lifts are usually around 5 reps;
Squat - 275 lbs.
Deadlift - 295 lbs.
Overhead Press - 85 lbs.
Bench Press - 125 lbs.
Snatch - 70 lbs.
C&J - 110 lbs.

After going through loads of logs I realise that my lifts seem relatively shit, but I’m hoping to change that.

What I’ve been eating, consistently, since the start of uni has been:

Breakfast - 2 eggs, Oatmeal with berries, a banana
After gym - half a can of tuna, a handful of nuts, rice
Lunch - beef, a portion of mix vegetables, half a can of baked beans
Dinner - chicken, rice, a portion of spinach

(I believe this amount of food is my ‘caloric equilibrium’ since I’ve been the same weight for a while)

Since my focus right now is to increase my lifts to reasonable levels, and size, I am planning to follow the split routine for the next few months.

I appreciate any suggestions/feedback, or anything actually! :slight_smile:

I will update this log with my workouts. Thanks for reading!

I’ve recently found that after starting uni, I’ve lost 7 kg, and am currently at 65 kg regardless of me increasing my food intake - having gone to desperate measures of even adding a meal of just 300g of sausages every day. This hasn’t increased my weight one bit in the past two weeks, and hence will look into eating more.

I’ve been currently going to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - doing
Monday - Chest/Tricep
Wednesday - Back/Bicep
Friday - Legs/Shoulders

I initially planned to give a day for each of those body parts, but found it more convenient and still not tiring to do it this way. I currently do 5 exercises per body part for 8 reps while hoping to increase weights in the main lifts of the day.