I’ve been lifting for almost a year (since March 08) and I’ve made some noticeable progress but I find that I didn’t improve that much compared to some guys who’ve been hitting the gym for a while.
Height - 5’7
BW - 64kg (around 15% bf) to 72kg (no noticeable change in bf)
Bench press 70kg for 5 reps
Squat 100kg for 5 reps
Deadlift 110kg for 5 reps
Especially for bench press and squat, I find them really hard to go heavy and push myself when I don’t have a spotter because of the times when I can’t get the bar up. I’ve switched to dumbbell bench press for a few weeks and I noticed that it’s easier for me to go up in number than barbell bench.
I’ve been using Rippetoe’s Starting strength program.