I've started doing Stronglifts because I want to get my main lifts back up. I want to do a powerlifting meet before the year ends, and feel confident about my lifts. I lifted for about five months last year and got decent strength results, but since I was wanting physical changes, I got disappointed and slowly quit going to the gym. I was around a 325x5 squat, 365x5 deadlift, and 165x5 bench.
Since my goals have changes to being strength focused, simply lifting more weight each session has become the reward rather than expectations from my appearance. But, I still want to just look like I lift and feel strong. So, I want to focus mostly on the big three but also work a little on 'mirror muscles'. SL focuses on the big compounds but doesn't leave for accessory 'bro lifts'.
Is there a routine out there that would serve my vanity and use mostly compounds for PL goals? Or perhaps sticking with SL while it runs it's course until a plateau, but throw in an arm/bro routine at the end of workouts? I imagine getting some extra tricep could to hurt my weak bench.
Btw, I'm 5'10" and around 200lbs. Average build, no abs or anything, but not chunky. I see smaller guys benching more than me, but I felt okay about where my squat used to be. Stronglifts is cool, I am only a little worried that I'll get dissuades again if I don't see some mirror results this time. It would help me keep on track if I could work on both strength and get some mass where it shows. I gained about 20lbs in those previous give months, and meticulously tracked my diet. It changes the way I approached food and even after I quit lifting, I continued eating a better diet and kept most of those weight gains. At the moment I'm on 3500 cals, 200 pro.