i’ve been training since 2006, i started at 150lbs and now weigh in the low 190’s. my arms are 15.5 cold that’s about the only measurement i’ve taken.
just started deadlifting so my numbers are low 5*5 sets and reps working up to 250lbs. I formerly had wheelchair-like legs. no straps no belt working to build up strength and base to avoid injuries that occur w/ going heavy under false pretense, i could go a little heavier but an concerned w/ form.
other stats worth mentioning: incline presses sets of 8-12 reps working upward to 65lb dumbells and then down a bit for a final feeder set of 12+ reps at 40lbs.
t-bar rows: up to four 45lb plates 6-8 reps.
shoulder press: dumbells work up to 60lbs each for 6-8 reps.
wide grip pull ups: 1) 10-12 reps 2) 6-8 3 and beyond) 5 reps repeated w/ rest until the grand total is 30 or so then i move to a different exercise.
I’m a bit verbose and long winded getting to the point but I’ve come to the conclusion that others lie and/or I’m weak. Weak is a matter of relativity but I see pics of these Rate My Progress guys and think “BS” half the time.
Everyone is benching 3, swatting 4, and deading 5. Yet some of these fuckers don’t appear to lift at all, whereby if I handed them 45’s for hammer curls or what not I doubt they’d succeed.
i have no fucking clue what my driving point is here, oh yeah, it burns me to see people just throw up cyber #'s, whereby I and others here on T-Nation work, sweat, and hurt for every pound we progress.