This is a question for anyone on this board who has been following a dedicated training routine + diet for at least 2 years. You n00bs don't count because you're still in the "n00b gains" phase and won't be able to relate to what I'm saying
Anyway, have you noticed that your LBM gains tend to drop off dramatically after the first 2 years or so? I'm not talking about strength - I've had no issues making reasonably steady gains in strength since then. I am only referring to gaining LBM. Note - just because the scale weight is going up does not mean you are gaining LBM I think people on here, myself included, tend to vastly underestimate their own bf%.
Let's just say that my last 2 bulks, the second of which I am in the middle of, have not yielded much in the way of LBM. My strength went up a fair bit, and my weight certainly went up, but my measurements didn't reflect any significant increase in LBM, at least not nearly as significant as what I was experiencing during the first 2 years. My waist measurement went up, so I know some of the weight gained was definitely fat.
Anyone who has followed my journal on here knows that I eat enough of the right foods, my routine is solid, and there's nothing that immediately jumps out saying "this is your problem". During the above mentioned first bulk, I went overboard and put on way too much fat, so I certainly know how to eat enough. I've tracked my cals on fitday long enough to know how much to eat. My routine is admittedly a bit stale and could use an overhaul, but I doubt that's going to lead to some kind of new mass explosion.
Has anyone else experienced this? Am I up the genetic **** creek here? Is there not much left for the genetically-average individual to hope for in terms of LBM after the first couple years of dedicated training?