Hi there! So I’ve been lifting for about a year. I track my weight/reps, food intake, cardio speed and endurance. Im in the gym at least 4 days a week (5 if i have time). I vary my routines but cannot se to get stronger. Form is good (from what I’m told at least) and by the time my workout is done I’m toast.
I cannot seem to get stronger. What the hell am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance. Pictures posted for current physical appearance
It would seem that taking shortcuts did not work well. I’d consider a program built around a LONG training timeline. Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 would be excellent in your current situation. Otherwise, a solution might be to blast the body with some intensity to shake it out of it’s rut, and something like Super Squats or Deep Water would answer the mail well.
By periodisation, i’m using it in the loosest possible terms here. I would consider basic double progression a form of periodisation, albeit a very simple one. Anything that isn’t “work up to the heaviest single i can manage” every session is what i’m getting at.
Basically, after i completed shortcut to size i went right i to shortcut to strength. Then i went back to size repeating the cycle. You do perform different reps with each week, but i cant get past the 225. I got great gains to start with but then i just sort of stopped.
Im 36, 5’10, 210lbs and as my user name may suggest, a vet. I am training to do a little something but i can’t afford to go up in weight anymore since i get taped as it is lol
Initially, my bench was less than my body weight since i focused strictly on body weight exercises (its what was drilled into me, sue me lol) so i know im behind the learning curve. Most additional weight i used to use was my rucksack with 50 lbs and thats more cardio than anything else.
As for food, 2 bowls of oatmeal for breakfast (1 cup each. I’d make it one bowl but i am too cheap to buy the bigger bowl lol) with some raisins or dates, a protein shake post workout, lunch is salad. Dinner is either chicken or fish with carrots, broccoli and a roll. Occasionally, (like once a week or every other week depending on my kids) i have a burger or steak.
Based on eyeball measurements, you are protein deficient; aim for 1g/lb bodyweight, and cut back a tad on carbs so you don’t go up in weight. Nothing wrong with loading up on veggies, just add some protein in there.
You hit 225lb bench within your first year, this is an accomplishment many people took years to get to (myself included). Everyone has plateaus, but I believe yours are likely temporary and will go away after a relatively short period. In the meantime, I would jump to 5/3/1 as suggested above. This holds most - if not all - of the answers you are looking for.
You could, in theory, continue to get stronger while staying at your current bodyweight. It won’t happen as quickly as if you were eating to support strength gains, but it can still happen. The better your diet is while maintaining your bodyweight the more strength gains you can realize.
You could also become a better lifter. Bench in particular is more technical than many people think. Working on back tightness alone bumped me up from the low 300’s to the mid 300’s.
I never got weaker on a 5/3/1 methodology, not even in the process of dropping 50 pounds. There’s a reason you hear a lot of lifters recommending the old tried and true methods.
You eat less trying to gain strength the I do trying to lose weight.
5-6 eggs and 2-3 slices of toast
30-36g of protein, 650 calories
250-300g grams of chicken 2 cups of rice
60-75g of protein and 700 calories
250-300g of 20% mince in chili 2 cups of cooked white rice
50-60g of protein 1100 calories
This should be:
140g of protein, and 2450 calories. Add in a few snacks here and there and boom - you got gold dust.
Hell - swap chicken out for fattier meat. Add another meal in (some pork) and boom you are on a winner.