Hey, I recently dieted down from 150 lbs (my weight back in January) to my current weight 135 lbs, which is my current weight roughly.
Each time I’ve built muscle in the past I’ve gotten really fat and eventually discouraged and stopped. I don’t think the big bulk/cut is a good approach for me…maybe it works for some.
Anyway, I’ve been on this forum a long time and still don’t have much to show for it in terms of success in the gym.
Still, if some of you would humour me and provide some advice I’d appreciate it. I just wanted to describe a scenario and I was hoping you could tell me whether this is a sign of shitty performance or not.
So at 135 lbs I benched 120 lbs last week @ 4x6 (with so-so form…not always going to chest). This week I did 7 reps on my first two sets with better form. Basically going to chest on all reps…except for one or two that were slightly above. But yeah, so this week my ROM was better but I ended up doing 7,7,5,5…so the last two sets I could only do 5. To me that seems like a stall…even though 7 is better than 6.
First, is it lame that I’m struggling with 120 lbs like this for 7 reps at my weight? Is it something I should be handling much more easily? Or is this perfectly normal? I just feel at this rate it will take me forever to increase my bench and its one of those lifts I’ve always struggled with.
Please keep in mind, I’m still trying to lean out more too…my calories are more maintenance level-ish…maybe small deficit due to cardio. Still, I feel like I should still be able to build some muscle since I still have some body fat to spare.