I'm new to the forums. I've been lifting for about 8 months after a 3 year hiatus, and before that I'd lifted in high school for about 2-3 years.
I'm learning so much from these forums that I wanted to express my gratitude. What a great resource for a guy crossing the intermediate threshhold. I finally started noticing a plateau working upper body two days a week, and lower body two days a week, so I'm switching to the intermediate guide in another thread.
Dead lifts and squats have never been a huge part of my routine, even up until now. It seems so counter-intuitive that squats and deadlifts would help with curls, etc., but now I FINALLY know why I have made little to no gains on my bicep curl weight for the past 5-6 months.
So last night I did my first deadlifts. I bench probably 265-275 max, but I could only do 3x8 deadlifts with 155 lbs! I was thoroughly embarassed by how much I'd neglected to do these. My grip is pitiful, and now I finally know why I haven't had as many gains as I'd like in every other aspect of lifting.
Thank you so much again for this vital information! Now, my question is, is there anything else I can supplement to help my grip, or will the dead lifts and chin ups take care of it? Also, I'm trying to walk a tightrope between cutting and gaining mass, and I'm wondering how to manage both? I don't have a high metabolism, and I've been overweight most of my life, so I'm not sure how many calories will be too many.
Thanks again for reading, and any help on the above questions!