I started lifting weights on the 2nd of January, 2013, starting with just the barbell (45lbs).
At this point, I'm squatting with 81lbs and bench pressing 59lbs, but this feels like extremely slow progress, and I haven't been able to add extra weight to the bar since January 10th.
As a result, I have two questions:
1. Did I try to move too fast with adding weight? The squat, for instance, jumped from 45lbs to 81lbs in eight days. Have I stalled because I was too impatient?
2. If that's not the case, is there a "next step" I should take?
At the moment, I'm working out three times per week and feeling fully recovered before workouts. Nutrition has been an issue — I hadn't been getting enough calories — but I've remedied that this past week. (But is the impact from that going to take longer? Am I still being impatient?)
I'm not too concerned about becoming big and ripped, so this isn't me feeling sad that I'm not some muscular monster. I just didn't expect to stop getting stronger so quickly. (Or at least, any strength gains that I have made are barely perceptible.)
I'm also doing Starting Strength, if that affects the answers people give me. Or at least, a lesser version of it. I've only recently added deadliest to the regime (since they weren't possible in my previous gym), and I will be adding the overhead press from the next workout onward.
Thread: Progression Question
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Initial improvements are mostly down to improving motor pathways - which doesn't require new tissue growth.
However, now you will need to fuel further improvements by eating more. And making sure you get adequate protein and fats. See macro calculation sticky threads in the nutrition forum - one word of warning: don't take the calorie calc formulae too seriously, they are just starting points and you have to let real life guide you to finding YOUR typical calorie requirements. In other words, if you aren't gaining weight on the scales, you aren't eating enough.
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