I was wondering what the best way to monitor progress is.
I haven't focused primarily on building size for almost 10 years now. Since then I have been focused more on the performance side of training (conditioning and most recently powerlifting). About 2 months ago, I decided to go back to why I picked up a weight in the first place - to build muscle.
The thing is, back when I started, as long as the scale was going up, I was happy. It worked well, as I went from 170 lbs - 235 lbs at 6'1". Now, being 34 years old and 220 lbs I don't want to judge based solely on scale weight as I figure a couple of pounds of muscle/year is a good goal.
I want to be able to intelligently critique my program and adjust as I go, but as I'm looking at a slower rate of gain, I'm not sure if I can expect to visibly notice enough difference in 8-12 weeks to know if I'm on the right track or not.
Any advice will be much appreciated!