[quote]Billy Whizz wrote:
I’m 18 and I’m currently on the Power Training program, more specifically the hypertrophy part, by Robert Dos Remedios (Yes, the Men’s Health doo-hickey, don’t hate me please).
I started it 8 weeks ago and it’s my first real program. Before that we were talking a week were I might lift 3 days and then two-three weeks without anything.
My main goal is to improve my rugby and athletic ability, but I sure as hell don’t mind getting big and ripped in the process.[/quote]
At least you are on a program. Stick with it, but remember to change it when you feel the time is right. Start looking ahead now.
As for your original question about ratios, it doesn’t matter.
Have you determined your 1 rep max for major lifts yet? If so you should be incorporating those numbers into your rep weight.
It’s good you are noticing imbalances, but really, there is nothing you can do right now other than prioritize any split days with the lacking muscle groups.
For the next 4-6 months, just lift as hard as you can. Tweak your weak links along the way, but don’t worry about major surgery just yet. You’ll find that form and muscle stabilization is the most likely culprit right now for your imbalanced ratios.
Never ever ever skip a muscle group because you feel it is stronger than the opposing groups. In 4-6 months if you still see bad imbalances, you’ll have more clear cut options then.