I thought I’d post this on the T/N board rather than the Dog Pound so that we could get a wider variety of responses.
As I read through some of the numbers reported for JB’s study, I paid specific attention to the relationships between training age and strength and training age and body weight. Obviously, the greatest improvements generally occur in the first 1-2 years of training. Then, more well-designed programs and nutritional become far more important in determining further success. Given that I’m coming up on my third year of organized training (about two of it intelligently), I’m now realizing that I’m at this point. Essentially, like many, I need to come to grips with the fact that you can’t just grow like a weed indefinitely; I need to just bust my ass and let the chips fall where they may.
That being said, I think that it would be beneficial for a lot of people in my position to hear about how those of you who have been in the iron game for longer have continued to make progress. Specifically, I’m interested more in actual quantifiable changes in relation to training age rather than in recommended approaches. I’m 21 now, and I’m curious to see where all my hard work will leave me when I’m 25-26.
Obviously, not everyone keeps detailed records of where their body weights and lifts were year-by-year, but something along the lines of “I gained 30 pounds in my first two years and 6-7 in the three years thereafter” would be an example. Certainly, one must consider the impact of androgens, other supplements, body type, and a variety of other factors on these changes, but I’m just looking for some ballpark info. If we don’t actually reach any earth-shattering conclusions, I’m sure that it will at least make for good discussion. Any thoughts?