I started lifting weights 13 years ago with the dream of one day being a competitive bodybuilder. Not a pro, of course. But I have always wanted to get onstage and make a repectable showing at a local contest.
I am 31 now. I have added 35 pounds of muscle. But over the last five years, my gains have ground to a halt. I have been suffering new injuries and strains seemingly everytime I step in the gym. No amount of calories or intensity seems to add any more muscle.
My questions are simple. Is there a genetic set point at which it is simply impossible to gain any more muscle naturally? And if there is, is it feasible that I have hit it at 5’10" and only 165 pounds? That is the bodyweight I have been banging my head against for the last five years. And it utterly sucks to think I may never add the extra 20 pounds of muscle I need to reach my goal of stepping onstage.
If anyone has any questions about the eating and workout programs I have tried, I will be glad to answer. But, please, no newbie advice like “eat more” or “deadlift.” Thanks for your replies…