First off I want to thank all of you for your effort to help out a stranger, it means a lot to me.
abs arnt a big deal to me, I just don?t want to be a total fattass. im not trying to be a power lifter or a bodybuilder, I participate in and enjoy combat sports (although I don?t compete so weight gain/hypertrophy isn?t a problem) and mountain biking (which is also just recreational).
my goals are to get stronger but like I said im not really concerned with being a power lifter, and at the same time I would ideally like to look strong and powerful. Im not in it for purely aesthetics, iv always thought that a body should be able to move and function as well as it looks.
meal 1 5 eggs, half avocado, cup of kale and a 1-2 servings of peanut butter
meal 2 2 chicken thighs , several cups of spinach and arugula, and 1-2 servings of peanut butter
meal 3 2 chicken thighs plus several cups of assorted vegetables
on training days I add ½ cup of oatmeal with the second meal, a protein shake after the work out, some fruit ( a banana or an apple) and then a cup of white rice. I also supplement with creatine .
I agree my squat is pathetic especially when compared to my bench, but then again so are most of the other lifts. Im not bench focused in my training (iv always liked the overhead press more).
in terms of bringing up my lifts would a 5x5 variant be a viable option given that im not a total rank beginner albeit still a pretty weak lifter?
also 5/3/1 is not to blame for my lack of progress, and im sorry for that misconception. I feel that it was the fact that my lifts arnt advanced enough for the program to be effective. In retrospect i should have continued with a program that allowed for adding weight from workout to workout vs month to month.
again thank you guys for all your help