I started getting serious about working out about 2 years ago and like many beginners I used the Starting strength program. I had some injuries and setbacks the first year so I was a bit off and on but after getting that together I was able to go from 187 to 228 pounds but had a bloated fat gut so I went and lost a lot of weight using rapid fat loss and basically reduced calories after that. After a few months I was down to 185 pounds and didnt maintain my strength.
At my peak I was benching 230 for 5 reps, military 155 for 5 reps, squated 325 for 5 reps and deadlifted 365 for 5 reps. I never really hit a peak where I wasnt gaining anymore I just felt too fat and bloated yet was still pretty skinny everywhere else but the stomach.
After all of this I decided to gain back my strength using Rippetoes starting strength for a while again then focus on putting on size. For my last workouts I squatted 255, benched 195, deadlifted 330, and military pressed 125 at a weight of 200 pounds.
I’m really anxious to start putting on some size because I’m dissapointed with my lack of gains over the past 2 years for all of the time and energy I put into it. Right now I’m progressing pretty easily with everything probably due to muscle memory.
My question is would it make sense to keep doing this until I can at least squat 350 and deadlift 400 and bench over 225 then get on a mass building routine.
Also I really like the idea of squatting deadlifting military pressing and benching at least every 3 or 4 days. Are there any good routines that you can recommend thats not a 1 bodypart a week type split where I can still do these main lifts close to twice a week at least and still be focusing on mass.