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  • I don't know - if you're repping 135lb x 12 at...

    I don't know - if you're repping 135lb x 12 at 142lb bodyweight in your first 9 months of lifting, after starting at just 118lb I'd say your genetics aren't too bad. Certainly better than mine,...
  • Yeah, that's definitely not me! I can bring...

    Yeah, that's definitely not me! I can bring everything up at once, it's just a very slow process and I expect I'd progress faster for some lifts if I specialized. I'm considering doing a couple of...
  • I switch it up a fair bit with my current...

    I switch it up a fair bit with my current training - when I stalled with bench press for sets of 5-8, I switched to 6-10, then 10-15, hitting new PRs at higher reps. Now I'll be going back to 5-8,...
  • I know I could get there faster with more...

    I know I could get there faster with more specific strength training and specialization cycles, but at the moment my focus is more on whole body hypertrophy. More than anything else I think I would...
  • That's a good point - I think they can be good as...

    That's a good point - I think they can be good as aspirational goals. For instance, my lifetime goal is to hit a 225lb bench, 315lb squat and 405lb deadlift. There's a good chance I'll never get...
  • How much muscle growth and strength gains differ

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zFFNKcUJGJI

    New video from Stronger by Science. It's a good listen, but here's the bit that resonates with me most:

    To be considered an 'outlier' you need to be 2...
  • Mesocycle 3 - Deload Week - Upper 2

    Sleep: ~ 8 hours

    Time taken: 33 minutes

    Stretching

    CHIN UP
    9 x bodyweight (81.4kg), 2 min rest
    7 x bodyweight, 2 min rest
  • Then you've made great progress - well done!

    Then you've made great progress - well done!
  • According to those classifications I'm late...

    According to those classifications I'm late intermediate (over 3.5 years of proper training and diet), despite never having benched more than 143lb x 5 and squatted 171lb x 6. I dunno - I think I'm...
  • How long have you been lifting? You already have...

    How long have you been lifting? You already have a stronger bench press than me and I weigh nearly 40lb more than you and have been lifting for over 3.5 years. 3 weeks with no progress is nothing to...
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    That's double progression which is a fine way to...

    That's double progression which is a fine way to do things. If you prefer a more consistent effort level, you can try dynamic double progression, where you can let the reps drop from set-to-set while...
  • Congrats on the 200lb bench! How long have you...

    Congrats on the 200lb bench! How long have you been lifting for?
  • Something people probably don't take into account...

    Something people probably don't take into account is stride length. I used to be one of two PE teachers at a school. I'm 6'1" with proportionately long legs, the other teacher was a 5'4" ish woman...
  • Mesocycle 3 - Deload Week - Lower 1

    Sleep: ~ 8.5 hours

    Time taken: 33 minutes

    Stretching

    HIGH-BAR SQUAT
    10 x 20kg
    5 x 40kg
    3 x 60kg, 2 min rest
  • Interesting to read about how bodyweight affects...

    Interesting to read about how bodyweight affects strength. I've bulked up from 165lb to 180lb this year and seen small improvements to my lifts, except bodyweight pull ups, where my max has dropped...
  • Mesocycle 3 - Deload Week - Upper 1

    Weekly average weight: 81.8kg (180.4lb)
    Nutrition: eating intuitively
    Sleep: ~ 6.5 hours

    Time taken: 32 minutes

    Stretching

    BENCH PRESS
    10 x 30kg
  • Cheers - it was your suggestion that lead to me...

    Cheers - it was your suggestion that lead to me looking into it. I think it will be fun doing the big lifts with higher frequency and I agree that the squat work looks by far the hardest.
  • My favourite method of progression! Yes,...

    My favourite method of progression!

    Yes, that's progression and yes, you can grow muscle doing this, provided the volume and proximity to failure is appropriate for you. Volume load (sets x reps x...
  • Sooo, I got bored and went back and converted all...

    Sooo, I got bored and went back and converted all of my lifts in this thread from kg to lb - seeing as everyone else is posting in pounds. Took a couple of hours - I wouldn't usually have time for...
  • Trying to calculate your TDEE probably isn't...

    Trying to calculate your TDEE probably isn't worthwhile - if you plug your numbers into a TDEE calculator it will probably spit out a number over 3000 calories, which you know doesn't work for you....
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