A variety of reasons--injury to my back, and time spent abroad the biggest among them--have kept me out of the gym more than I would have liked in the last 3 months or so. With that said, I've decided to get very serious and go on a massive bulk when I get back stateside in a month or so.
The last time I went on a bulk was a few years ago, and was also the time I was the most serious about lifting. I gained about 25 pounds of weight, and was stronger than I've ever been--although I never maxed on deadlift then.
A few months ago, I reached an all-time max on the deadlift of about 425 pounds (although last week pulling 405 pounds felt like about all I could do), although my squat has probably fallen from a high of 365 during my first bulk to 285 or so, and my bench has likewise fallen from 265 to 205 or so.
Like I said, I want to go on another bulk, and get back into things in a serious way. I weight about 190 pounds at the moment, and would like to weigh in at 220. I plan on doing Starting Strength, although I am not really a beginner, until I hit a wall, and then switching over to a body-part 3 day or 4 day split.
I am worried that due to travel plans and the Holidays, I will be out of the gym for 3 or so weeks in the coming month, and will likely lose some strength as a result.
When I start up lifting in mid-January though, and if I make sure that I eat enough to gain an average of one pound a week, and I go at it hard, what kind of gains can I realistically expect to make in 8 months time?
My goals would be:
Are these numbers reachable in 8 months?