I’ve been on Starting Strength for about 5 months. I’ve been doing everything right (eating over maintenance level for calories, sleeping 8+ hours per day, etc.), but I’ve been adding weight weight very slowly on the big 3 lifts. Only about 10 pounds a month for squatting and deadlifting, and about 5 pounds a month for bench pressing. What could I be doing wrong?
I started out lifting very small numbers btw. (barely over 100 for squatting and deadlifting, and well under 100 for benching). Could it be that I’m not lifting hard enough? Am I too young? (I’m turning 14 in a couple of weeks. But I’m pretty big for my age. I’m a little over 1.75 meters, and I weigh 68 kg)[/quote]
Hey man, It’s awesome you’re starting out that early. I started now at 16 and gained a bit faster but when you’re 16, you’ll be lightyears ahead of me if you just keep at it.
How hard are you pounding it in the weight room? Maybe you have too short rest? 2-3 minutes is usually good for the big 3 and shorter the smaller it is down to about 40 sec on really minor groups.
Also, if you’re going at it hard in the gym but not progressing, it is almost always your nutrition. Nutrition is pretty much the only thing I and my training partner do differently, and I have done over double the gain in almost every excercise. 10 pounds a week is pretty standard when you don’t gain weight.