Hello, I’m a new member to your T-Nation family and I’m hoping to learn a lot from these boards.
Anyways let me explain to you my problem.
Yesterday I was given some pretty depressing news. I was told by my friend ( a bodybuilder who has been working out for 4 years )that " I don’t have the body for bodybuilding, I have the body for power lifting". At first I wasn’t to sure to why he said this now, I also wish he had told me this earlier. I had a good idea to why he said what he said and when I asked why, he basically said it’s because I’m not as big as I should be. I figured!
I’ve been lifting weights now for the past 7 months (going into my 8th the start of April)and have noticed gain, not a lot of gain, but gain. However, the weight that I lift has increased tremendously! To give you an idea of just how much I lift in 7 months of working out i’ll name a few exercises and tell you all how much I lift for those particular exercises…
Bench Press (barbell - 170lbs, dumbbells 65lbs individual)
Incline Press (barbell - 155lbs)
Hammer Strength (Seated Row - 270lbs, 3x 45plates on each side)
Hammer Strength (Behind Neck Press - 180lbs 2x 45plates each side)
( I always warm up with two sets, the first set being a light weight, the 2nd being slightly heavier and then finally 3x sets of 6 - 8 with my max weight)
My workout routine is a common one…Monday (chest and triceps), Tuesday (back and biceps), Wednesday (Shoulders), Thursday (break), Friday (chest and triceps), Saturday (back and biceps), Sunday (shoulders and legs), Monday (break), etc, etc.
Can someone offer me guidance on how to gain size? My friend told me that I should limit my reps to 5 - 7 3 sets and increase the weight so when I pull out my 6th or 7th rep I can’t pull out another. Can you gain size through a “power lifting” routine? Plz help!