I'm 22 years old and have been working out for the past 15 months (I did take three different months off in that stretch). When I started I was 5'7 138 lbs. I'm now 157 lbs, all of the weight gain being lean musclemass. Lately I've noticed I've hit a plateau in many of my exercises and due to a few posts I've read the past couple weeks, I have this question for any experienced lifters, especially any that may follow in the 'ectomorph' category (or the more slender framed builders)....
- I measured my arms last night with my gf's help, and they measure just over 15' 'cold', however my forearms only measured 11 inches. I believe this size difference gives the impression that my arms are even bigger than they actually are. I read a post where someone said a 4 inch difference between forearms and upper arms is ridiculous, if not unbelievable. My forearm's small size isn't due to lack of work, but to very, and I mean very slight wrists and bone structure. Due to the already 'large' difference between my forearms and upper arms I'm beginning to wonder if its possible to put much more size on my upper arms, or am I reaching the limit of my genetic potential? (note: My arms are a fair size compared to the rest of my upper body)
- My chiropractor had a long talk to me after an appointment today. He hadn't seen me in a year and was very startled at the amount of muscle I had put on. He then lectured me on various bodybuilders that he had treated over the years. He claimed virtually all the competitive Bbers and Powerlifters that he had treated had various joint and muscle problems due to stress, 'imbalance', and the use of unnatural movements for heavy lifting. He also treats a large number of bodybuilders who are now 'older' and are suffering from these chronic problems caused by heavy lifting. He claimed for these 'health' reasons, sets with higher repititions are better for the body. Any comments?
I'm very happy with the progress I have made in the last year, and due to my slender frame the muscle I have added is far more pronounced than it would be on a more stocky/bigger frame. The problem is, I'd still like to add about 10 more pounds of muscle before I reach my 'ideal' bodyshape. My chiropractor thinks that it may be pushing it for my body type, and I'm beginning to agree due to a plateau in some of my lifts that has lasted several months. I lifting three times a week, and when I do, its intense. I've tried mixing things up a bit, different exercises and in different orders. Still barely any change. Am I fighting a losing battle against genetics?