I have a question about progressing in weight ( I seem to have stalled ).
37 y/o Male 185 lbs ~25% BF (home scale)
I have been ‘lifting’ about a year. (free weights at home)
Sticking to basics: Squat DL Bench Row Press
So I had been dieting (for 1 yr prior) and recently started trying to gain mass.
I have been increasing my calories each week slowly
I am trying to use a program like Rippetoe’s Starting Strength
So, here are weights for some box squats I was doing.
M 130 3x5
W 135 3x5
F 140 3x5
M 145 3x5
W 150 3x5
F 155 3x5
M 160 3x5
W 165 3x5
F 170 3x5
M 175 1x4
F 145 3x5
M 145 3x5
W 145 3x5
- Everything was going fine.
- 160 and 165 felt heavy but I got through it fine (seemingly safely)
- 170 felt fine
- on 175 I hit a wall where I just couldn’t do another rep
- I took a lifting day off and tried to reset
(down to 145 and start climbing again BUT…)
Now 145 feels heavy (form getting iffy) and instead of climbing I still feel I need to drop weight (to maybe 130 and start over)
Anyone have a sensible explanation for this? Is it normal to climb so much and drop so much or?
How often do advanced trainees add weight? (e.g bench 300 in Jan, 305 in Feb, 310 in March? faster/slower?)
As an old, fat, weak, nerd I just have no idea what type of expectations to have for progression.
So far I love lifting, but occasionally I feel like “maybe I wasn’t built to lift” or else that I’m missing something obvious along the way (i.e. weights retarded)
(or just have mistaken ideas about how it should work).
I also recently had my T tested, thinking this was maybe a culprit, but I guess it’s normal.