Hi all, Ive been reading here awhile and thought i would sign up to speak to some other people in the know.
A bit about me: Im 6ft tall and weigh 12 stone (sorry im not sure on the poundage!) and have gone up from 10 stone in around 2 years of working out and eating. Although Im heavier I just dont feel like i have put much muscle on. This is from me looking in the mirror basically. I am looking bulkier but I also believe due to the amount I eat it is a fair amount of fat (especially round my stomach and hips!) there is hardly any definition there.Naturally i am VERY skinny!
Recently (2 months ago) i changed routines so I go 2 times a week after being constantly tired and making no progress for awhile. I stick now mainly to Bench presses/Squats/T Rows and shoulder presses along with a few isolation movements such as side raises and barbell curls. I train very hard and consume as much as i can. A couple of questions for you guys who are more experienced:
My shoulders are VERY unresponsive, its takes alot for me to get any DOMS the next day at all. I currently work them like this: 4 X 10 behind neck military press, 4 X 10 side raises and 4 X 10 Arnold dumbell presses. Any help appreciated!
about DOMs - I cant understand if its a good indicator of progress or not. Seems about 50/50 depending where you read. I would think that if it indicates micro tears then it ‘must’ be good - ie: the muscle has broken down well from the workout and thats about all you can expect from a good session.
does anybody swear by any mass building excersizes? 5X5’s for instance?
4)(the BIG ONE - )How do you know if your doing too much or too little on a muscle group? This seems to be the most confusing thing for me at the moment. I stick to around 12 sets per bodypart and 4 sets of 10 training to failure. The dreaded Overtraining syndrome is something ive read up on yet others recommend going 4 times a week! I belive twice a week for me has given me some (small) gains though.
Thats alot of questions, im just trying to soak up some ideas!
Thanks all, great forum!