First off, I want to say that I am actually a little nervous posting for my first time. I have been lurking here for almost a year. I have read through all the training articles here, and at many other sites.
So here goes…
I decided to give this a real effort about 8 months ago, and after pouring through the training articles, reading books like scrawny to brawny, and starting strength, and doing my research, I hit the weights. When I started I weighed 175. I am 6 ft. 28 years old. No real training experience before. After some trial and error, my training now looks like this:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Lift heavy. Squat, Bench Press, and variations of shoulder presses, chin ups, pull ups, dbell snatch, good mornings, rows. Basic lifts.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Core work, hand and neck training, and conditioning. Mainly jump rope intervals, and hitting the heavy bag.
Food intake: As of today, my daily intake is 1 dozen eggs, 1 pound of ground sirloin, 2 chicken breasts, lots of walnuts, 2 almond butter and raisin sandwiches, PWO protein shake, TONS of spinach and broccoli, lots of fruits whenever I feel like it, and a gallon and a half of water. Some times I will have a Arbys market fresh turkey bacon and ranch sandwich, or some oatmeal raisin cookies. I am not taking any creatine or glutamine, but I am taking a multi vitamin, and ZMA before bed.
I am coming up on a solid 6 months of consistent, dedicated training and my numbers before and after are:
Squat from 180 to 245
Bench from 190 to 210
Dbell Snatch from 70 to 85
pull ups from 7 to 12
I have increased in most of my other lifts, but not as much as these.
Weight from 175 to 190, but NO increase in my chest, or arms.
Waist from 33 to 36
Arms still the same at 13 inches
Chest still the same at 40 inches.
Legs are 23 inches
My question is what am I doing wrong? I am getting fat, I thought my chest and arms would be bigger by now, but they are not the only thing thats getting bigger is my gut. If you were to see my in public, you wouldn’t tell that I have been working out. The only thing that I have been happy about is that I have gotten stronger. Maybe I am doing the right things, but the wrong way? I am getting so frustrated, my training doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Thank you for reading this, and any advice, strategy suggestions would be greatly appreciated.