Hello everyone, I decided to make a thread that entailed some problems I have had recently. Currently I am 17 (I am assuming that is extremely young for these forums) and have been weightlifting for a few months. I was on and off for a few years and just started getting serious around March of this year. I decided to search for some forums about weightlifting to address my problem and hopefully find a solid answer.
My current situation is that I am worried about my ability to bench press. I am not that young anymore and figure I should be lifting some pretty big numbers. I am currently only doing 5-6 reps of 135 lbs, potentially more if I do them before deadlifts. I start out with 10 reps of 95 lbs as a warmup and then start my next sets with 135. I have been stuck at 135 for over a month now. I am worried I am doing something wrong because this seems unnatural to me. I work out every other day (generally 3-4 times a week) and usually follow the same basic routine (occasionally doing different exercises). I always do this with my father as he has been weightlifting for years now. He tells me that I have just hit a peak and I will be stuck at it for awhile, but then jump ahead to a higher weight. I believed it at first...but it has been weeks and weeks of doing the same weight and struggling the same amount. I am starting to think I might be working out the wrong way and not builing those specific muscles enough.
I do not know a lot about weight lifting, or certain terms used, so I decided to ask you guys. I am curious if there are any certain exercises you would recommend to help me get over this peak. Maybe it is what I am eating and until I gain more calories I can't get bigger and can't lift more? I am not sure. All I know is a lot of people my age are lifting 160-190 (excluding football players).
If needed, I will give a brief summary of my workout and myself in case it is needed. I am about 155-160 lbs right now (Haven't weighed in for months but I know I haven't got that much bigger) and just about 6 feet tall. When I start my workout I always do lunges. After lunges I will occasionally do pushups or if I am at a gym I will ride the bike for awhile. I do all of this to warm up. I then start out with deadlifts. Currently I am warming up with 8 reps of 95lbs and then just recently I have started doing 10 reps of 135lbs. After deadlifts we go straight to bench press where I lift what was mentioned above in the other paragraph. After benchpress we do pull-ups and dips (not the same as at the gym, we sit on the bench with legs outstretched on a stool, I put a 25lb on my lap and do 15 reps) back to back for 3 sets. After those are done we do curls. I usually do 1 set of 6-8 reps with the bar (45lbs) and then 2 sets of 6-8 reps with 55lbs. I could do more but at that point my arms are dead and I am much weaker.
So that is basically my routine, weight, height, and my problem. I thought this would be a good place to ask as I saw a lot of helpful replies on other threads.
*Also, I am starting to drink a calorie milkshake from GNC which basically gives me 500+ calories per serving (the normal serving they recommend is 1000 calories but I don't usually use that much of it). I was told to drink it everyday before bed or after a workout. Just curious, should I continue to drink these? My friend told me that these never work and it will just add fat, but my father assures me it will help build muscle. I have stopped drinking these recently and am just curious if this could solve my issue.
Also, it may be good to explain a situation about me. According to my father, genetics haven't kicked in, or something. I find myself tiny compared to all weightlifters and most kids my age. My arms are somewhat small (although now I can see them growing) and my muscles are not defined. My dad assures me he had the same issue but all of the sudden when he was 18 he sprouted out his muscles and it was all due to genetics.
Thanks in advance for all replies and helpful advice!