It's been a while since I last posted, but I wanted to get everyone's views on this.
Well, I'm 5' 11" & weigh 196 pounds. Not sure what my body fat is, but I wear a tight 34" & baggy 36" jean size (if that helps).
During high school when I was about 17 - I bench pressed 315 on a normal basis. I broke my ribs & suffered a few ankle injuries along the way which kept me out of the gym. I tried out for the Powerlifting team at my college & made it not too long ago. When I started lifting with the team my max bench was 270.
After about 3 months of lifting with the team, my bench is now like 255??? My squat & deadlift are going up, but my bench is going down. I weighed 213 when i started, now I'm 196. I can't really tell much of a difference in my muscle size & I actually seem to be getting smaller.
We lift 3 days a week targeting the main 3 lifts each day. Example - Monday, Squat - Wednesday, Bench - Saturday, Deadlift. Our sessions last anywhere from 1.5 - 2 hours. I always thought that was too long. But coach is VERY strong & trained many state champs. In fact, we have a girl on the team now that will break the national squat record of 418.
I eat 6 high protein meals a day, take creatine & protein shakes. My protein intake is at least 1.5 per pound of body weight. I try to get more.
My dad has been gettin on me real hard about getting bigger & stronger, & I know I should be. Plus he says I'm falling behind - which I am. The competition is making me try my hardest, but I just cant seem to get any stronger. Now my leg lifts are starting to slow.
I'm sorry for this long post, everyone, but I'm getting really concernec. I know there are some very experienced guys in these forums & I need y'alls help. What should I do? I was used to hitting my chest 2-3 times a week when I benched 315. Now I'm only doing it once a week? Should I lift more on my own time?
I'm really considering taking anabolics. I'll be 19 in Feb & I haven't grown a cm since age 16. I'm full-grown, so I dont have to worry bout stunted growth.
I would REALLY APPRECIATE any & all help you guys can give me.
A very concerned lifter - J