Hey, I am new to this forum. I have just started lifting and I got a good routine, I think. I am doing 5 days a week, 2 days triceps/chest and 2 days back/biceps. The middle day is legs. One exercise I am particularly intrigued by is the flat dumbbell press. Right now, I am doing 4 sets of 6 reps with 40 pound dumbbells (I know, I am weak) and I am doing 1 set of 10 reps with 35 pound dumbbells.
I was wondering, if I continued working out 5 days a week for the next 9 months consistently, do you by June of next year, 9 months away, I will be able to do a workout with 70 pound dumbbells at 10 reps, 75 pound dumbbells at 8 reps and 80 pound dumbbells at 6 reps? I mean, is that kind of gain impossible? My chest routine is flat dumbbell press, incline dumbbell press, decline dumbbell press, incline flys, regular flys. Also, I am 5 feet 11 inches and I weigh 126 pounds.[/quote]
No that kind of gain is not impossible. But I can tell you that you will need to eat like a fiend and train smart.
Since you’re a beginner, I’d recommend lifting higher reps (8-12) per set for a few months. Then start gradually lowering back down to 6. Also, since you’re a beginner, the volume is probably not going to kill you, but as you start lifting heavier weights, you might find that you may be overtraining with a workout like you’ve got now. Keep your current program for a month, and then try out some of the high quality routines on this site.
Training smart is at least as good as training hard! Oh, and eat a lot (see the Massive Eating article(s) by Dr. Berardi), drink a lot of water, and sleep a lot. At 5’11" and 126 you’re unlikely to reach your goals… it’ll be much better if you can gain some weight along the way.
One last piece of advice: Just because you have goals with bench, don’t let the rest of your body lag. Believe it or not, a strong chest relies on a strong back, which in turn relies on strong legs. Don’t short-change the other parts of your body.