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Time To Switch It Up?

Hey guys, I’ve been lifting for around 10 months now and I was trying to decide on going with BBB or ABBH, or maybe even some other program. I’ve been doing pretty much the exact same thing for the entire time that I’ve been lifting, minus the occasional switching of weight/reps.

Permanent Stat: 5’8"
My beginning stats were:
Weight: 125
Bench: 75
DL: 110-ish
Pullups: 3
Pushups: 25 max
Situps: ~25 max
1.5 mile run: 12 minutes

Current Stats:
Weight 156
Bench: 175-ish (haven’t maxed in a while)
DL: 300
Pullups: 12
Pushups: 110 (2 minutes)
Situps: (100 (2 minutes)
1.5 mile run: 8.5 minutes

My usual workouts go as follows:
Monday: Chest/Tri/Calves
Wednesday: Back/Bi
Thursday: Shoulders
Friday: Legs

My usual diet is around 4000cal/day with ~200g protein. I don’t seriously log anything so it’s hard to judge. I am also forced to run a lot (around 5 miles a week) so sometimes that hinders my progress a little.

Right now I’m on Creatine, but =I regularly take BCAA’s and shakes. I eat around 2 servings of cottage cheese per day, 4 chicken breasts, and one serving of granola or oatmeal. Everything else tends to vary depending on what I feel like eating.

Suggestions?

5 miles a week is nothing. I run upwards of 15-25 a week and still can gain weight. Shit, I ran 8 miles on Tuesday alone. Weight is holding steady.

You’ve gained 31 lbs in ten months, good.

The question is, why do you want to “switch it up”? I know you said you’ve been doing the same thing, but are you starting to stagnate? A little more info would help, but for now my advice is:

-Do not fear carbs (especially at 156lbs), when I was in the 150s all I ate was carbs. I could be wrong but I say this because the oatmeal OR granola comment.

-Continue to work towards increasing your strength, it gets harder. Anybody can get that initial explosion of strength and size, the manner by which lifters progress through plateaus is what separates the men from the boys.

[quote]Zero_Z wrote:

My usual workouts go as follows:
Monday: Chest/Tri/Calves
Wednesday: Back/Bi
Thursday: Shoulders
Friday: Legs
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Try this:

Monday: Legs
Wednesday: Chest/Back
Thursday: Bi/Tri
Friday: Shoulders/Calves

It’s a simple twist that you may find worthwile.

[quote]BigRagoo wrote:
Zero_Z wrote:

My usual workouts go as follows:
Monday: Chest/Tri/Calves
Wednesday: Back/Bi
Thursday: Shoulders
Friday: Legs

Try this:

Monday: Legs
Wednesday: Chest/Back
Thursday: Bi/Tri
Friday: Shoulders/Calves

It’s a simple twist that you may find worthwile.[/quote]

Cool I’ll try that for a while, see if it makes a difference. I was mostly looking to swich my workouts because I wanted to see what else is out there. I can’t say for sure “This is the best workout for me” because I haven’t really done anything else.

Well I figured out that I only got up to 155 because I started lifting legs again (I stopped for a while like an r-tard). I’m still stuck here, 3 weeks later, and have lost some weight. It’s really really discouraging that I’ve been stuck here for so long. I gained a ton of weight real fast, but have been stuck around 150 for around 5 months.

I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, so since I already provided my routine, here’s my diet. Any help would be really appreciated.

Supplements:
ON Gold Standard Protein/ Whole milk & Oil
BCAA’s
Surge
Biotest Creatine

Meals:
1:
Shake w/ oatmeal
2:
Protein bar, bananna, glass of milk or grape juice
3:
2 (5oz) chicken breasts, rice/potatoes, vegetables, cottage cheese, 3 glasses of gatorade
4:
Tuna salad w/ crackers
or
cottage cheese, beef jerkey, water
5:
Same as lunch, sometimes with steak or burgers instead.
6:
Shake

I take the BCAA’s (4 pills per serving)3 times a day on off days, and 6 times on training days. I take the Surge within 10 minutes post-workout with creatine, and off days I put the creatine with water and BCAA’s or grape juice.

Hopefully one day I can make it to my goal of ~185 or higher. God knows how long I will be stuck at 150 :frowning:

Increase your intake of fats, it’s good for you.

Eat eggs, almonds, fish/omega3-capsules on a daily basis.

Training partner?

If you have been doing a body part split why not try a full body 3x a week program such as the Waterbury TBT program?

[quote]kinein wrote:
Training partner?

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Yea he’s helped a decent amount, he’s 5’8" 185lbs and has been lifting a bit longer than I have. He juiced to get his results though so his nutrition isn’t always exactly in line.

[quote]jcv423 wrote:
If you have been doing a body part split why not try a full body 3x a week program such as the Waterbury TBT program?[/quote]

I never really considered full body because I always saw bro’s walking around from curls to bench. I sort of developed a mental image that total body workouts were for retards, but after reading the TBT it sounds real promising. I think after this week’s leg workout, I’ll switch out to TBT and keep you guys updated on how it goes.

I’m also going to buy some Flameout tonight, and switch from chicken to as much beef as possible for a while to up my fat intake. My school’s ‘fish’ is extremely sub-par and not worthy of being called fish, so I’ll just stick to Tuna for that part of my diet.

Thanks for all the help, I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.