Hey guys! What's going on? I guess I should get to the point [sorry in advance for the novel-length post]...
I have been lifting on and off for about 2 1/2 years. I probably have only been serious about it, the past 1 1/2 years or so.
I used to work-out 3 times a week, doing a full body workout with 3 sets of 10 reps and 1 exercise per muscle group. Somewhere about 6 months to a year ago, I got sick of not seeing any results and switched up my routine. I started lifting 5 days a week, seperating each day into a different muscle group. Lately, the past maybe 4 or 5 months, I have turned this into 4 days a week -- basically just getting rid of my leg day ( I know I know... Im an idiot... But I have serious knee problems and come up with good excuses ) Basically my routine now looks like:
Flat Bench - 3 sets of 6
Incline Bench - 3 sets of 6
Dead Lifts - 3 sets of 6
Lat Pulls - 3 sets of 6
Bent DB Rows - 3 sets of 6
Shoulder Press - 3 sets of 6
DB Shrugs - 3 sets of 6
Close Grip Bench Press - 3 sets of 6
BB Curls - 3 sets of 6
Tricep Push Downs - 3 sets of 6
Incline DB Curls - 3 sets of 6
Back to the point of this thread... Through lifting I have gotten small stretch marks, basically only on my biceps. They are really tiny white marks. I have heard many of you talk about them, and to me, they just were evidence of my growth. However, a few months ago, I noticed one that was a little larger and unusually red. Accompanying it, I also noticed that my arms were looking larger, so I just thought I had started growing more, thus a bigger mark. However, to my dismay, the mark has continued to get bigger and bigger. It has never really bothered me all that much, as I always just thought it was normal. I decided to show my mom one day and she did the motherly thing and flipped out. So she made a doctors appointment and to the general practitioner's we went. Basically, she said that it was definitely just a stretch mark, but not a NORMAL stretch mark, that normal stretch marks do not get that big. She then went on to question if I was lifting right or lifting too much weight. While I am no pro, I am certain I know how to perform the basic lifts I do. In addition, I am no super hero. Actually, I am a pretty big bitch when it comes to the amount of weights I do - for example, my bench sets are only at 170 and my BB curl sets are only at 75. This are definitely not amazing weights. She started suggesting that I go see a trainer who can design a propper schedule for me because obviously I am lifting too much or too hard. I have done a lot of research and have talked to many people. I am sure that I am not doing some unheard of type of routine or anything.
Basically, I am stuck. I know weightlifting caused the mark, but I dont think I am doing anything wrong. After talking to the doctor, I basically feel like the only way to stop the mark from getting bigger is to stop lifting, which I do not want to do.
Is this mark normal? Anythign I should be worrying about? What do you guys think?
I am going to attach a few pictures so you can see what I am talking about.