I'm new to the forum and here's some background: I've been a recreational amateur bodybuilder over the last 15 years (turn 30 soon) with poor genetics and not a lot of consistency in training until the last year or so. When I hit my late twenties my metabolism started to slow down dramatically and I was finally able to weigh a little more than 165lbs soaking wet. Today I weigh 195lbs at 6 feet. I've been able to push my arm size up to 17 inches pumped from 13 inches when I started out as a teenager but now I really want to set some goals and hit them in the next 3 years. I want to bring up my skinny legs and calves (15 inches). I've been working on my shoulders but they are really slow to respond.
I've never really worked out in a gym, except on and off in college to no big effect. These days I only work out once a week but heavy intensity in my garage with very limited equipment (4 dumbells, a bar/bench and a wrist roller)
Is there anyone out there with a similar background who's been able to go from 17 inch arms to 18 inches and build up their shoulders/calves in the process by an inch or two? The reason why I focus on shoulders, arms and calves is because I believe Steve Reeves when he said that they can create the illusion of a great physique. Since I will never be involved enough to be a pro or even compete in an amateur competition, that's the goal I have, to build that silhouette.
What's worked for you? Supersets, HIT, Light/Heavy, muscle confusion?
The top 3 guys I admire are Frank Zane, Arnold and Larry Scott.
Thanks for your thoughts/stories,