Going to post before and after photos and just preface this by saying after two years (1 year of experimenting/messing around, and 1 year of noob gains) that I am not at all too pleased from an aesthetic point of view. My strength then and now is dramatic, yes, but I think after reading through all the updates in this thread, which to be quite honest seems geared towards power-lifters and bodybuilders, perhaps I had a flawed idea of what my goal really was. I would categorize myself as a regular dude looking to get fit, be one of the "bros" if you will. But hell, posters like Charly, TKJG, MarkI et al are all very inspiring not to mention helpful, which really motivated me but perhaps not in the right direction in achieving my own goal. Also, I was not expecting paying ~$350 for another 2 year gym pass this month, and told a dude at the gym I might just take the rest of Sept. off.
On the other hand, I don't want to move backwards.
In Styleforum fashion, I think the clothes and silhouette will tell a better picture (next to nudes), and being tailored clothes gives a better idea of the change.BeforeAfterWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I wear size medium and 34 waist pants now. Prior was a small and 30ish waist. No more slim, tapered trousers. I have to wear 8" taper or more without looking pear shaped. Before photo is with 7" taper, after photo is with 8"
- Before: ~147 lb
- After: ~ 160 lb
- 3 main lifts: Squat = 185 lb, Bench Press = 165 lb, Deadlift = 275 lb (I could not lift shit before)
My routine was pretty strict IA SPBR but I did drop the ab work out because I just did not see any difference/progress (my stomach did feel slimmer I guess). In hindsight, perhaps it would have given me a more solid core to help with my squat. I just was not sure or confident about what ab workout to do so just dropped it. I did variations of OHP as well but my main upper body presses for shoulder & traps was sitting shoulder press with dumbbells. I incorporated lateral raises as well.
To be brutally honest, my upper body really lagged behind the lower and as a result today I feel like my wide hips are further accentuated. Sucks
Only upper body I am happy about is probably my back. Feels great though my posture can still use a lot of work.
If anyone can give me a routine that can really work my chest, traps, and shoulders I'm all ears. Considering dropping squat/DL altogether .. I am going to just 'bro it out.' I'm really jealous of you guys who have these heavy squat/DL but still manage to have skinny look legs, or have an upside down pyramid physique. I see a lot of dudes like this at the gym and just makes me really curious. *ahem* fujitl;dr
I am happy with the strength/noob gains but I need to balance my overall body proportions