I just noticed something tonight while reviewing my past workout logs. My increases in weights come in steps/bursts. I will have 3-6 weeks where I can not lift any more (either in volume or in max) than the weeks prior and then bam, I not only pass the previous max, but surpass it by 20-30 pounds…then, 3-6 more weeks of not being able to increase it from this new max and poof, it happens again.
I was getting discouraged some weeks when I could not progress…until I noticed the pattern. Now I know not to get down during those weeks where I feel like I’m not gaining anything…because it’s just a matter of time.
Anyone else experience this same thing?
(Disclaimer: I’m still a newbie at this having only been lifting for ~1.25 years. My guess is this type of progression is normal and the type I was experiencing before (some increase nearly every week) only works when you’re just starting lifting.)