Hi. 5’9"/160 lbs
I’ve been training for two years now, for strength only.
I have never been to reach past 2 plates on anything.
My current lifts are 155/200/220 lbs for bench/squats/dl.
I started with a PT to teach me correct form, and went with a program similar to starting strength except I didn’t do OHP and had pullups. Done this for a year, got to these lifts. Then next year, nothing. I’m not able to add even 5 lbs. Or it fluctuates, until it adds up to, say , 20 lbs and I get injured, and get back to where I was before.
I got up to 25% bf too, so I don’t undereat.
I’ve always trained three times a week with ONLY compound exercises : bench press, squats, DL and pull-ups.
Recently tried 5*5 stronglifts, doesn’t work. I get until my current lifts and it doesn’t go higher.
Also, my muscles just won’t grow at all. Really, I don’t think there’s the slightest difference between when I started and now, physically speaking, except for some additional fat. I think strength went slightly up just because of neural connections…
So, what do I do to get stronger ? Beginner programs don’t work. I always get stuck to the same place. Yet every time I try to find some other programs, they are always for people who are benching two plates+ or squatting 3 plates+.
Am I genetically prevented from getting stronger in any way ? I really don’t know what to do. 2 years is a long time and most people start with my weights