Alright guys, this is my first post here but I’ve been lurking for the last couple weeks and have found this site very informative. OK, so my backstory is that I’ve been a twink my entire life…right now I weigh 190 lbs at a height of just shy of 6’4 so I’m pretty fucking skinny, and even then I’m sure my BF is close to around 15% or so. Never played sports competitively or lifted growing up.
Well when I got to college, I wanted to change this. So last June, I started Starting Strength. I was pretty laughably weak when I first started…couldn’t squat, dead lift, or bench my body weight. Anyway, I did these lifts to the best of my ability, ate as much as I could, and I did mention to bulk up to 200 lbs for awhile.
I don’t think any of it was real serious weight, but I will say I look a little bigger than I did last year. Anyway I focused on these three lifts for the longest time, did the accessory work when I could, but mostly focused on these lifts. My best numbers, which I know are terrible, are 3x5 155 lbs on the bench(bro-lifted a bit in high school), 3x5 185 on the squat(slightly below parallel), and 1x5 235 lbs on the deadlift.
These numbers, which again I know suck, were obtained after say, 9 months of training? However, I definitely took a week or two, and in some cases as much as a month around Christmas break or between quarters, so lets say I did about 6 or 7 months of raw training. Some of the breaks might have been deserved but a lot of it was just me sucking at life.
I guess I should note that I also drank alcohol more than I should during this time - usually on fri and sat nights, occasionally on thursdays, and rarely a tuesday night or something. With the advent of spring quarter, day-drinking became the cool thing to do so I did that sometimes too. I know this isn’t good for me, and as is addressed below, I plan to stop this behavior. In any case, during the days I drank and primarily on the weekends, my diet went to shit, which explains the relatively poor gains.
Anyway, I haven’t done any of those man-lifts in at least a month because I hurt my back. I realized that I was rounding my back at the very bottom of the squat when I went too deep, and was doing a similar rounding while dead lifting. My back was definitely in pain for a couple weeks after that. So I started doing some of the stretches to help out, and I think I have a little better flexibility now.
My plan is to start squatting and deadlifting again, but I’m just going to squat to parallel, trying as hard as I can not to round my back, and keep working at parallel until I can move a decent amount of weight. While I do this, I’m going to keep working on my flexibility so that by the time I start plateauing, I can switch to A2G and hopefully make some gains there.
Anyway, summer is about to start for me, and my responsibilities include a 35-40 hour/week job, and that’s about it. I really want to make an effort to increase all of my lifts, as well as put on a solid 10 pounds of muscle(even if it means some fat) over the next 4 months or so, which I feel is definitely attainable. I can’t say I won’t drink this summer - but I’m getting tired of getting really drunk when I do go out.
So I’m going to limit my drinking to special occasions and maybe one night on the weekend - and even then I’m going to take it easy, definitely under 6 drinks, unless it’s a very, very special occasion. I do plan on smoking a little herb this summer with my friend, who is also bulking, but I’m just going to use it to aid me in eating like a madman. Anyway sorry about the long intro but I guess my question is, should I just do starting strength again?
It says that you are likely to plateau after doing this format of a program, the A/B/A 3x a week thing, for so long. And that’s the only style of lifting I’ve been doing. But on the other hand, I’m still not even repping my body weight on the squat, so isn’t this a sign I’m still a massive beginner and can still take advantages of the easy gains that SS gives to beginners?
Or, has my body adapted to this program, and should I consider a slightly more advanced split? Either way I’m fucking ready to start squatting and I’m going to fucking get it done. I don’t mean to use this as an excuse, but my 6’4" 190 bitchassy body type isn’t exactly ideal for squatting, is this maybe why I haven’t made the gains I wanted? I mean physically I think I look OK, just a little scrawny, it’d just be nice to have 20 or 50 lbs of muscle on top of what I already have. Does my slender body type have anything to do with it or was I just being a bitch and not squatting hard enough?
My summer starts in about a month, but I’m going to start lifting today after class if I can. Should I just jump right back into SS until I can at least rep my body weight on the squat pretty easily?
Thanks - any advice is appreciated.