Hey guys, first time poster looking for advice. I'm 6'1 and 177 if that helps anyone answer any of the questions I post.
I guess ill start off by saying, Does anyone know an effective way to raise bench weight? Ive been stuck doing 45's on each side for months, and I work out my chest twice a week with generally 12-15 sets focused on it. I am sore for 3-4 days sometimes after working out, so I dont understand why, when i put 5's on each side in addition to the 45's, i cant do 10 full reps for even 1 set.
For the past 3 1/2 weeks ive also been taking Phosphogen HP (I used to be 170 now a 177, i think a lot of it is water, the rest is a mixture of muscle/fat from increased eating), has anyon had any experience with it and know if it works well and maybe im just not training hard enough to see the benefits?
Lately, because ive been upset with my lack of gains in strength, ive almost doubled my workout. I work out with one group of guys from 8-9pm, working on 1 or 2 specific muscles, then theyll leave and ill stay and workout what we just did over again. is this the best way to gain strength? I definately am always sore for days after I do it, whereas if I didnt double the workout I most likely wouldnt be sore.
Also, whats a safe amount of pounds to gain per week if im not trying to 'bulk up', just add a lot of muscle and be very toned/cut. Gaining 7 (maybe 8 now) lbs in 3 weeks seemed fast, and it doesnt look like it was 8 lbs of muscle .
Also, heres pretty much my workout for everyone to critique and say how bad it is (im inexperience so please dont be too harsh cause i really dont know what im doing).
(Bar)Bench Press: 3-4 sets x 10 reps (or max) at 135 lbs
(Bar)Incline Bench Press: 3 sets x 10 reps (or max) at 125 lbs
(Bar)Decline Bench Press: 3 sets x 10 reps (or max) at 135 lbs
(Cable Cross Machine) Some Decline Chest Movement, basically sides are down at the bottom and I pull them up in front of me: 3 sets x 10 reps
Tuesday - all sets 3x10reps (or max)
Standing Dumbell Curls
Standing EZ Bar Curls
Tricep Rope Pulldown
Tricep EZ bar, lying flat on bench and pushing it from behind my head to above it
Tricep Machine, Pushdown
Wednesday - all sets 3x10 (or max)
Sitting,Dumbells, pushing from my shoulders upwards above my head
Shoulder machine Where you kind of shrug it
Standing, Holding Light dumbells at side and bringing them up in front of me
Rear Delt Machine
Repeat the second part of the week
Any help or advice given is appreciated!
Thanks in advance,