I've been working on lifting weights for a while now (about a year and a half or so), and I'm just not seeing the gains I want to see. I'm trying to consider all the factors that could influence this, but I can't determine anything. My stats are
My typical workout consists of:
Incline Bench: 90 (weak, I know)
Lateral Press: 190
Bicep Curls (both at once): 150
Sitting Squats: 250
Horizontal Calf: 250
Tricep: 80 (yeah, weak again)
Hip Abductors: 290
I always do 3 sets of 8-10 reps of everything at 2-3 secs per rep for fast twitch muscle development. I also supplement my diet with around 80g of whey protein daily along with tons of vitamin C (for protein uptake) and plenty of complex carbs. Occasionally I don't get enough daily water, but not often. I don't really want to start taking creatine as I'd have to keep taking it in order to maintain mass. I'm also a former vegetarian, so would that have caused any detriment to gaining? I only do cardio occasionally due to muscle deterioration...and that's pretty much it. So what's the problem, exactly?
Also, if I do gain, how do I make sure that it's toned-looking and not just blobs of muscle piled on top of itself?
Thanks for any help!