I’ll try to give a quick summary of my situation without writing an autobiography: 23 years old, 6’1" 160lbs. Until recently my sport of choice has been trail running/orienteering. I also do some mountaineering and kayaking. About a month ago I became tired of looking weak. I guess more to the point - I became tired of feeling weak so I began to hit the weights.
I’ve been alternating upper and lower body workouts with a day of rest between (upper/rest/lower/rest/…). For upper body exercises I’ve been doing bench press, military press, bent-over barbell row, and pull-ups. For lowerbody I do squats, deadlifts, and dumbbell step-ups. I usually do 5 sets per lift for about 8 reps, although I’ll go over 8 if I feel like I need do lift more to fatigue the muscle. Current single rep maxes are 185lbs for bench, 225 for squat, and 265 for deadlift.
I guess one of my questions is do I need to include more (greater variety?) lifts?
I also hate the term “core training” as well as ab workouts. For the time being will I build enough core strength from squats, deadlifts, etc that I don’t have to incorporate ab-specific training?
As far as diet goes I am bulking (started at 155 lbs). Daily caloric intake is about 3500 cal/day. Diet is fairly “clean”. I limit sweets like cookies, cake, etc to a few times a week but eat just about everything else I can find.
Currently my goals are to gain 15 lbs by the end of August and increase my single rep maxes to 225 for bench, 275 for squat, and 315 for deadlift.
Are these goals realistic? Should I aim higher?
Thanks for your time any advice you guys can offer will be appreciated.