I have been training just 16 months, so I still definitely class myself as a beginner. When I started I weighted 133 pounds at 5ft 10, that is pretty damn skinny, my “natural strength” was equally poor, starting with lifts such as a 20kg squat, 20kg deadlift (i am not joking) and bench, less then 20kg also.
I got up to around 148-150 fairly easily, then I discovered T-Nation and starting understanding diet much better, about a year ago. I am up to around 159-160 now, so I have put on a fair bit of weight, even though i’m still very small. Not exactly sure on the body-fat but I’ll put a couple of pics up to give you an idea.
Anyway, my goals for the end of 2009-
Minimum of 170 pounds at around same body-fat, or less.
Progress my deadlift up to at least 120kg for reps (80kg atm)
Progress my squat up to at least 100kg (embarrasing at around 40-50kg atm)
Progress my bench up to roughly my bodyweight (currently again 40-50kg, making my squat even more embarrasing)
I hope to do so through practising form precisely on all my big lifts.
Lifting heavy and hard
Eating at least 6 meals a day
Taking whey protein, creatine, fish oils and multivitamin
Oh, and i’m 17, not that it should make a difference.
Any advice right off the bat? I read plenty of articles every day but it’s still nice to know other “real people’s” opinions