I can remember guys from highschool who seemed to just pump up in very little time. You know that type right? You go all summer long without seeing one another and then September rolls around and poof he’s suddenly all muscular? That got me thinking about the rate of progression. Here’s what it has been for me:
Every week I seem to increase on all my lifts in ways which range from a small increase in weight (usually 5 lbs) over the same number of sets and reps down to something as little as being able to perform the same exercise in the same manner as previously but with less time spent resting in between sets. Other times I may be somewhere inbetween in that, I can lift the ssme weight for maybe 1 or 2 extra reps on the final set. As the weeks and months pass, I have noticed my body shape improve somewhat but my weight hasn;t surpassed 210lbs yet. It always fluctuates in between 204 and 209.
This is a far cry from the guys I used to know!
So I guess my question is, is this normal? Is the rate of progression that I am experiencing about right? Is this how it should be?
For what it matters, I am 6’3 age 35. I struggle to get the 4900 Calories per day that I read I should be getting. In fact, I am much closer to the 3500-4000 range on a daily basis. When I have been comsuming the higher end of this range, THAT is when I have noticed my belly fat increase but my progression remains at the same rate. So my ideal caloric intake would appear to be much lower than 4900.
What are your thoughts?