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Old 08-03-2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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Hello,

I've been lifting for maybe two years, although the latter of those two was much more productive as I've used a lot of the information I found on this site (and henceforth stopped being one of those lifters who does preacher curls with a 2" range of motion and actually starts getting serious about squats, etc., etc.). I eat well - no junk food, definitely no soda, obviously no drugs, alcohol, anything, and a huge amount of good calories.

My problem is just that as far as my bench goes, I've basically hit a wall, and the posts on this forum (especially the "Why Aren't I Growing" sticky) make me think this is at least something of a natural occurrence. What I don't know is what to do when this happens. I hope I'm not sounding like I'm ignoring the posts already here - I read the stickies but maybe I missed something.

If anyone could help me with some general advice for how to get over basically a wall in my benching, I'd be very appreciative.

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Old 08-03-2007, 11:14 AM   #2
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Have you been on any type of workout program ? There are a few out there that will help you with this problem.
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yeah, what does your w/o schedule look like, and what program are you running?
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I've was following a basic Rippetoe program, with the addition of DB triceps extensions and pullups.
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Er, "I've was" should be "I've been".

Also - for more clarity, I've been lifting usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week, alternating as per the Rippetoe program workouts.
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Sometimes the simplest answer proves to be the most effective. It could simply be a case of undereating. You said a "huge amount". Could you post an example of a day? Additionally, if you create a FREE account on fitday.com and input a day of eating, 9/10 you're overestimating by 1,000 cals lol. Same thing happened to me.

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0311: Haha, I feel like a novice indeed now. I used fitday and input an average day for me and I was overestimating by a lot. I guess I gotta do some more eating... like a lot.

Thanks for the link 0311.
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As sort of an add-on to that (sorry I keep double posting): how should one eat on a non-lifting day? Less, or just keep it the same?
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I would fluctuate protein and carb totals between lifting and non lifting days. I usually am about +/- 50 grams of each between those days. Basically, the totals will be obviously lower when you hash out the pre/postworkout nutrition. Hopefully you have something preworkout such as BCAA's or whey, and an additional protein and carb shake postworkout which will add to your totals.
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Thanks a lot 0311 for your input on both those questions.
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