I started lifting in Nov 07 after not really lifting much since 1998 (college). 32 Years old I’ve gained 60lbs on my bench (205 max in Nov, 265 max this month), 95lbs in my squat (400 max). I don’t do a max on my deadlifts or shoulder press or other exercises, but i’ve put on 19lbs of muscle, lost 6lbs of fat and really feel great.
I maintain what worked for me when I was in college (2-3 months 12 reps, 1 month heavy reps) and have tried a few programs (hungarian oak, blast your bench), but stay on the core. I eat about 3500-4000 calories a day, and stay on a good diet for the most part.
I take creatine 1 month on, 1 month off, just started TRIBEX this month, do Protein Shakes, BCAA and glutamine as well as flax/fish oil/vitamins.
How much longer do I really have to continue in the quick gains before it starts to really slow down? I push myself hard, keep the intensity high, and try to do core lifts (squat/deadlifts/benching/occasional o-lifts). I do some focused lifts but for the most part try to keep those at a min.
My goal isn’t to slow down or stop in my lifting schedule/plan, but I’d like to bench 300lbs at some point and squat 450x5 in reps.
If I stayed at my current Pace:
6Months = 60lbs on bench = 10lbs a month = 4 more months for 300 Max
6 months = 95lbs on squat = about another year for 450 reps.
Is it really feasible to gain almost 100lbs on ones bench in a year, and that much on ones squat in their newbie phase?