From 163 pounds, I've been growing at a steady 3 pounds a week.
Currently I'm at 175pounds (in 6 weeks)
Am I bulking too fast?
Does this mean (at same rate) by 9-10 weeks I can reach 200 pounds (which is my goal) or should I be hitting a plateau sometime soon??
PS: I'm 5'9 and on rippetoe's plan..
I don't notice any huge changes appearance wise besides a little bit of fat around my belly but I can still see a "4-pack". I've also been increasing all my lifts by 5-10 pounds every week. The numbers tell me that there's definite improvement but I just can't see it in the mirror (I take weekly progress pics and I can't really tell)
Last edited by skimmilk68; 08-23-2008 at 11:26 AM.
3lbs a week is pretty quick. You'll probably pack on fat pretty quickly, but along with the fat will come a lot of muscle and incredible strength gains. Ultimately, the question is whether you are comfortable with your fat:muscle/strength gains.
If you keep eating the same amount, you will stop gaining weight as quickly and eventually you will stop gaining weight completely. The more weight your body is carrying around, especially muscle, the more calories are required to fuel it.
5-10lbs a week?? You sure you're doing Rippetoe's? You should be doing 5-10lbs a workout.
no, in the book Rippetoe states that you should be adding weight to the bar EVERY WORKOUT, if my memory is correct, the suggested increases are 5lbs on the presses, 10-15lbs on the squat, and 15-20lbs on the deadlifts and power cleans, this is just his recommended example though, as long as you're adding weight to the bar each workout you will be progressing
Progressive overload is the name of the game. If you're not adding weight to the bar, you're not getting anywhere.
What if you are unable to finish the work-out? Shouldn't you be doing a weight you're sure you can complete 3x5??
Last edited by Twirl; 08-23-2008 at 01:54 PM.
|A:26 | H:6'5'' | W:198| GW: 215|
Stats: Start | Current | Goal
Bench: 135lb |170lb| 225lb
Squat: 135lb |185lb| 225lb
Dead: 180 |185lb| 315lb
OH Press: 85lb |100lb| 150lb
(all 3 x 5 reps)
No. If you want to get strong you're going to fail under the weight from time to time. If you can't hit your rep goals, try the same weight next time. But you shouldn't have a problem increasing your lifts 5-10lbs every workout if you are new. Just go for it and you might surprise yourself.
As far as weight gain goes... According to SS, you CAN'T gain too much weight!
Last edited by 40 Nunc; 08-23-2008 at 02:41 PM.