I started going to the gym at 18 years old, and now at 25 I see that there is much less to gain in front of me that there is behind for the whole put weight on the bar in the gym thing. Sadly it’s pretty much the most rewarding thing I have been doing for all those years. This thread isn’t to brag or anything.
I am just looking at things rationally. I don’t have the genetics to break any record on any lifts. I pretty much started with almost nothing on the bar on every lift. I was unathletic growing up. If there was as much in front as there is behind that would put me in the record zone and this is not possible.
I am feeling kind of uneasy because I don’t see anyone I can look up to that are similar to me (natural, average build without any athletic gift) and that are where I want to go. There is no point for me to compare myself with guys with calves naturally 3 time the size of mine, with guys who lifted weights that took me 2-3 years to reach on the first try or with chemically enhanced people. Even if I know what kind of training works for me, if I know how to trust my instinct and how to not get injured (got injured a couple of times and got smarter), I can’t help but doubt because what is ahead is unknown territory.
I just never encountered anyone that stuck with it and got where I want to go in my head. Everyone took steroids at some point, stopped at another, lost gains, stopped training, etc. I have never seen anyone stick with it for years successfully. Nothing truly respectable. Anyone in my surrounding who outlifts me on one particuliar lift are either obese people or man-pigs with big bones (you get the idea). The only people I see who stuck with it are on the internet and it’s people like Christian Thibaudeau (who is natural but not lifetime natural), and reading that his best time bench is 445, that makes me kind of worried. I can’t have only 80 or so more pounds to gain on the bench…
I just don’t know what to expect. For a normal guy how do you get or can you get for example from a low 400 to mid or high 400 front squat? How do you get from low 600 to 700 deadlift? 455 bench? 315 press? Who got stuck for years and wore out all their tendons and joints? What made the biggest difference going up? Give me hope internet forum.