I've been hitting a bulk hard this semester in college now that $ is right but I don't think I've made gains in strength like I should have. Bring me back down to reality if my gains are good and I'm just bitchin or let me know there's something wrong.
Former skinny bastard here. Not big now though, for sure. 5'9" went from the 150 beginning this semester (mid august) to 173-4 as of right now. The 20+ lbs did not go to a tire around my waist if that's what you were wondering, but got a little soft of course (can see flexed abs to some degree if that helps). Old lifts: Bench 205x3, Squat:315(4inch or so above parallel, been working on depth) Deads:305
Bench:225x2 (biggest gain I think)
Squat:335x2 (still need about 1-2 inch for good depth)
Been doing something similar to ws4sb with slightly different exercises, but kept it very close to original.
There are only 2 side notes I think are important...
About 6 weeks ago I had some pain in my lower back from arching in the bench, so I switched to the feet out in front for leg drive which helped.
For the last 2 weeks I've been having pain in my coccyx area that acts up when I do anything straight-legged (never locked) or close. It also acts up when I sit down. I notice it the most when I study and find myself tilting my head forward which really pulls at my lower back. I would think it's tight hams, but I feel like it just might be more due to my glutes being too tight/stiff. Been hitting foam more now and stretching 2x a day, but no luck so far.
Any thoughts are appreciated fellas.