I stepped on the scale yesterday at the gym and hit the magic number...175 lbs. My goal was to hit 175 by December. For awhile there I was stuck at 170, then lost a couple pounds due to not eating and sleeping enough during finals, and was worried I wasn't going to make it.
Next goal, 200 by summer. For reference, I was 140 lbs last August.
I've increased in size a good bit, according to my buddies, although I haven't really noticed. I'd post pics, but I don't have a digital camera (and this being a straight bulk, I'm not exactly well defined at the moment).
Unfortunately, I didn't make my goal of a 200-lb 20-rep squat set. I think I finally overloaded my CNS when I got stuck at 190...I'd been doing the 20-rep squats for nearly six months and I guess I finally plateu'd. I've switched up to a 5 x 5 style squat set, working at 205 pounds for the last three sets (increasing by 5 lbs each week). Think I'll continue on this for awhile and move back to the 20-rep style.
New routine is as follows:
Squats, 5 x 5 (first two are warmup, last three are work sets)
Pullovers, 3 x 20 (after each squat work set)
Behind neck press, 3 x 12
SLDL, 1 x 15 (this one is tough after the squats!)
It's interesting...although I don't bench, my chest has expanded and deepened considerably. The old-timers weren't kidding when they said squats will do the job.
Onwards and upwards,