First of all, I am no beginner to weightlifting experience-wise, but my strength and physique put me in that catergory. I am 19 years old. Here is a brief history of me and lifting:
I started at 5’8" (haven’t grown since), and 130 lbs when I was 16
I used the bowflex off an on, usually about 2 months on, 2 months off, type of deal, with 3 sessions per week. Didn’t really do anything but tone my muscles a little. At this point, I weighed 130 pounds.
The summer before I went to college I started “actually” lifting. I went to a gym and worked on the program my college strength coach had designed for my sports team. It was a bunch of supersets of 3x8-12 with you standard exercises - bench/fly/shoulder press/row/curls/pulldown/pull-ups. I used DB for everything.
Since I went to college in the Fall of 2007, I’ve been lifting 2 days a week with my team during the season, which is Sept-Nov and Jan-Apr, and 3 per week out of season.
I am up to 140 pounds, and I think its all muscle, but I would prefer to gain faster. Maybe 2 pounds per month. Is that unrealistic?
Here are some crude body measurements, hopefully done correctly by me:
wrist 6.375 6.375
forearm 10 10.5
bicep 11.75 12
Calf 13.75 14
Thigh 19.5 19.5
As you can see the right side of my body is a little larger despite all the training I’ve done, so that is an issue too.
As far as strength goes, I usually around this range…DB bench 50’s 3 x 12. Squat 155 2 x 20, (I think I need to work on my form though). Lat Pulldown 3 x 12 110lbs. Bicep Curl 25’s 3 x 8. I can do 20 chin ups, 40 push ups until failure.
Here is a pic, not flexing. I’m not sure how to add more than one pic to this so could someone let me know?
Am I just not going to gain much muscle right now? Any suggestions/routines? I eat a lot for my size…about 3000 calories a day