I’m 31y.o. male, 178cm (5’10’)', 87kg (192lbs). I’m training on and off for years, my previous diary I’m going to revive is here: Journey to Size .
Long story short, I’d like to obtain a bulky physique, literally as large and strong as possible, while staying healthy. I’m not really interested in getting ripped anytime soon.
During the last year, when I stopped writing my diary, plenty of things happened and I moved to another country, so had a long hiatus and started training again this August weighting 81kg (178.5lbs). After a month with personal coach, who didn’t really “click” with me I tried to get back to Stronglifts 5x5 program to do something I have some previous experience in and which is simple enough to follow.
My current trainings maxes are:
Squats: 105kg (231.5lbs)
Deadlift: 115kg (235.5lbs)
Benchpress: 73kg (161lbs)
Pendlay rows: 65kg (143lbs)
Overhead press: 43kg (95lbs)
My concern is, that while I try to eat at a caloric surplus, visually I look pretty much the same since the summer. When taking measurements for the last 2 months, they aren’t very positive either, having a very slight growth and putting on some mass on my waistline… Overall, I’d hope for somewhat larger visual changes over few months, especially, when my chest and arms look basically the same as in the beginning.
My measurements are here (units are cm/kg):
|Date||Chest||Waist||Left arm||Right arm||Left leg||Right leg||Weight|
|27. 9. 2023||115.7||94.4||36.5||37.6||59.6||60.5||83|
|30. 9. 2023||116||98.5||37||38||61.2||62.5|
|3. 10. 2023||120||96.5||37.4||38.4||63||64.4|
|10. 10. 2023||118.5||98.5||37.6||38.5||61.5||62.5|
|14. 10. 2023||117||98||37.6||38.5||63.5||64.5||86|
|20. 10. 2023||115||98||37.5||38.5||62||64.5|
|21. 10. 2023||118.5||98.2||37.8||38.8||63||65||86.5|
|22. 10. 2023||113.5||97.5||37.3||38.9||63.2||64.9||86|
|23. 10. 2023||118||97.7||37.5||38||63.5||65||87|
Do you have any idea, what could be wrong? Are my expectations unrealistic? Or am I lifting too little weights to improve the muscle mass now? Or maybe the program won’t have an aesthetic effects, if it’s primary strength-based?
Thank you very much for any advice, my current photos are here: