Ok, can anyone explain why my strength has increase tremendously over the last 2 months but I haven't seen any gains? I use to only be able to do 20 push ups now I can do 60. Obviously at 17 years old and being a newbie, I'm not expecting to go from skinny to Hulk Hogan but .00001 increase in size is expected right?
Is it time to start experimenting with the protein and creatine? I don't know what to do, I've been exercising for a year now and my body looks no different. I've started to take my diet really seriously the last few months but despite all of this, I'm still soft all over (except my legs cause I do a lot of cardio and plyo) but my chest, stomach and arms are just soft.
Doing 20 sit ups next to 60 sit ups is obviously an improvement, but your hardly going to see an improvement, you need to lift weights. Do you go to the gym?
If so, I would devise a workout plan and an eating plan before you start and data collect everything you do so your organised. Protein is essential when building muscle are carbohydrates. I think your on about protein shakes. Though protein shakes are an easy way to fuel your muscles, eating protein through chicken, steak etc. is more beneficial to your body.
A lot more information is required before anyone can really advise you.
My bench is stuck at 145 for 3 x 5. What do?
A lot of people when starting to bench press will shoot up because they are new to it and then slowly start to plateau. It's happened to me and all of my mates so your not alone. Keep persisting every week and eventually you'll start lifting bigger. At the end of the day you can't keep going up and up, something gotta give.
Originally Posted by WutChagoNAdoBrothA
Most people like to get something carby in before workouts for energy (and protein , always protein)
your post workout meal is insanely important
protein , protein , protein
it helps you recover , and build muscle.
Some people stick to real food , some hit up a protein shake and eat an hour later , some eat and do a protein shake at the same time
I'm not a huge believer in meal timing , except for post workout
Don't forget those carbs post workout, essential to replenish those glycogen stores. Protein shakes are convenient but a mammoth meal after a workout is better.
Here's a pic from about a month ago.
Good going, bro.