I'm 6ft ish, 36 years old, I started lifting the beginning of November after years of not and went right back into a PL style workout below because I always preferred big compound movement (when I lifted like crazy in my 20's). I have been a little active through bbj but I am a fat guy with a big frame to begin with.
Deadlift 4 x 5
Squat - 4x 5
Incline Bench Press 4x5
Dumbbell Row 4x5
I increase the weights building towards failure on the last rep of the last set and being very careful about form. I feel great and went from struggling with 5 x135lb DL to maxing out at 3x 285lbs.
But My weight on 11/16 was 311 lbs and today I am lingering around 320 lbs. I have been very careful about what I am eating and really not eating anymore or anything different than before (if anything actually eating more controlled portions and staying away from sweets) My weights have gone up alot, but I expected a "new guy growth spurt" but did I gain 9 lbs of muscle in a less than a month?