Alright, I'm brand new to these forums and I looked for similar inquiries but had a hard time finding what I was looking for. If someone could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it as I'm sure it's probably been discussed before. Anyway, here's my situation.
I'm 20 yrs old, probably been lifting for 3 years or so, maybe 4. My main physical activity comes from going to the gym and playing soccer once or twice a week with my team. Thing is, I feel like I've kind of reached a peak where I'm not making gains in weight or strength. I'm not trying to bulk up too much, but I want to get stronger for sure. I'm 5'10 or so and 165 pounds. I'm VERY lean, I would like to stay lean but if I could gain 10 pounds and make some good strength gains I would love that.
My current routine is a press/pull/leg setup or (chest/shoulder/triceps)/(back/biceps)/legs. I try to make it to the gym as often as possible but it usually is about 4 days a week, although I can go more now as I'm jobless right now (Isn't this economy great?). My rep/set patterns are usually 4-5 sets with somewhere around 8-10 reps on the first set and then till failure as I up the weight.
The thing is, I feel like if I give my body too long to rest I don't get results, and I rarely get sore ever unless I don't work out at all for a week straight or something. I know you're suppose to let your body rest a good amount but when I have I always incur losses in strength/size.
So, I don't know if I need to change my rep/set pattern, my frequency in visiting the gym, or something else. I have a very balanced diet and eat a lot. I don't take any supplements and I would rather not. I've taken whey for a while but realized I get more than enough protein in my regular diet and found it to be unnecessary.
Anyway, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!