I've been lifting weights for about 2.5 years now, and pretty much all of my progress was made in the first 9 months of lifting. I haven't progressed any in size, and only very little in strength. I'll admit that a lot of that is because of a somewhat inconsistent routine, but I've also hit a plateau. Now, that said, I am pretty happy with my body right now, and I'm certainly no bodybuilder -- that's not the look I want. I'd just like a little more power, a little more mass. Here's me about 6 months ago, but I look exactly the same (and am the same strength) right now:
I know it's time to change my routine, and I'm ready and willing to do so. The WannaBeBig routines look great. Unfortunately, I have pretty chronic lower back problems, and that keeps me from doing almost all the really important compound exercises (squats, deadlifts, etc.)
Can you guys recommend anything to help or exercises I could do instead? I've even considered the idea that the compound exercises would HELP more than they hurt. I know when I first started lifting and my back problems weren't that bad (just showed up as a pain in my hip), doing squats eliminated the pain.
So, what do you think?