I've been lifting off and on for a number of years now.
My natural weight is very low relative to my height. I'm 6'1 and without regular exercise and excessive eating stay at around 155lbs. When I first started lifting this weight was more like 140 but with age and enforced body changes from the weight training my natural weight seems to have shifted over the years.
Each time I have trained in earnest I have hit a wall with not only my max possible lift but the amount of weight gained.
My maximum weight to date is just under 200lbs - this I'm not too worried about as 50lbs over my natural weight is significant.
However, I recently started a workout roughly similar to the ripptoe regime. I was very interested to see if I could improve upon my previous wall. It's been 4 months since I began and my weight has shifted from 160lbs to 190lbs and still growing. However, I am starting to hit a wall in my lifts.
I also recently started seeing a physiotherapist who does a lot of olympic lifting. Who said something interesting.
He mentioned that as I am naturally very skinny, even though I can put on weight very quickly, I am likely to hit the walls I have come up against pretty quickly as my raw strength can only ever be so much.
For example my wrist measurement is under 6 inches in circumfrence at the most narrow point which will significantly limit my overall capability.
I would like to know if this is the case or if I should continue to examine new mechanisms to improve my weight training. I would appreciate anyone's $0.02.