OP, three points to consider:
While it’s no doubt more reliable and less subjective than the mirror, the camera can also lie. Like Nards says, bad lighting can make you look worse than you really are. So can a bad camera angle, lack of a tan, etc.
There is a third way to tell if you’re improving: a tape measure and/or clothing fit. If your waistline measurement shrank while your torso size increased, I would bet you have lost some fat and gained muscle. If your shirts are tighter on your arms and shoulders but feel looser at the waist, you either need a remedial laundry lesson or you’re making progess.
What’s with the lack of leg training? If you mean you have orthopedic issues or an old injury, get it addressed and fixed. If you mean you can’t squat without folding like a lawn chair, find a competent teacher. Nothing will spur real, all-over progess like serious leg trainig. Even doing ONLY heavy lower body training would do quite a bit for your upper half as well. But training only uppoer body will actually slow your overall progress and give you the ridiculous chicken leg look.[/quote]
All good points, and I’ll incorporate them. Perhaps my full-on flash with the camera did me a bit of dis-service! As for lower body training, it is my wish that I can start doing this, but right now, I’m finding it almost impossible.
Re leg training - I’m in the UK, so it takes me 6 months to see a doctor, and if he can’t see what’s wrong with my leg, I wait 6 more months to see him again etc. For two years, they haven’t been able to diagnose me, but gave me a diagnosis a few weeks ago, after horrendous daily pain.
Left knee: Hoffa’s fat pad disease + fibular cartlige and cartlidge on the medial side of the knee. Also, damaged ankle ligaments.
Right knee: Tendinopathy - just can’t seem to beat it. I’ve paid a ton of money to private physios etc to sort the problem out and their advice is always the same - here’s an A4 sheet of exercises to do, you’ll feel like gold in 6 weeks.
Two years later, nothing. I’m working hard on trying to correct this since I’m missing out on a shit load of sprinting sports which used to be my forte.