I did starting strength for 4 months. While I'd love do get strong, my main goal is to look good naked. I was deadlifting 365 with straps last June but only squatting 185ish. I thought SS would be the ticket. Since then I got my squat up to 305x5 on SS but only raised my bench press 20 lbs from 225x5 to 245x5 and my press from 135x5 to 150x5. My deadlift went DOWN to a current 325x5, but I stopped using straps. Starting strength did add some strength and for that I'm psyched, but I really don't look any different now than I did in June.
As in not-at-all. My chest is the exact same now as it was then (48R dress jacket), my arms are the exact same (16 in), and my legs also look the same. I was doing dips and chin-ups along with SS. I know hypertrophy isn't the primary goal of SS, but shouldn't this much ass-busting show at all? I was pretty sold on the idea that raising my squat 100 lbs would make everything else fall into place.
I'm 34, 240 lbs, 26% fat according to the electric-grab-it device. My sleep is good but not great and my diet is very clean but I'm not doing the GOMAD part of SS given my 26% chub. I'm eating an omlet and Ezekiel bread from breakfast, fruit, cold veggis and yogurt for lunch/snacks, a 50 gram protein shake post workout, fish or chicken for dinner and a carb like sweet potato for dinner, maybe another protein shake or fruit before bed.
My medium-term goal is getting to a 500 deadlift, 405 squat, 315 bench, 225 press. I'd like to stop looking like a guy who used to play high-school football and start looking like a guy who can change a tire without using the jack.
I'm still going up with linear progression in squat but have crapped out on everything else. Any suggestions?