Looking stronger than you are?
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Does anybody ever get the feeling that you look stronger than you actually are?
When I compare my body mass and size to my actual stats, I feel like shit.
I've been taking lifting seriously for about two months steady with a serious program and improving my diet, and my stats are for 1rep:
bench: 175 lbs
squat: 205 lbs
deadlift: 225 lbs
and I'm 5'10 and 160 lbs.
but then I see people who are much weaker looking than me putting up impressive numbers in the gym.
what's the deal? do I just need to lift more and lift heavier, or should I take more rest days/deload? my current program is the SL 5x5 and if I have enough in the tank I just go for failure, and I go every other day (3 days a week, full-body compounds only every time).
I feel like the cause is because my CNS hasn't adapted and that's where my lack of strength is coming from, I don't know what it feels like lifting heavy because it simply hurts trying to go for more than I can (e.g. 10 pounds more on bench and my arms will get stuck at the bottom, a little heavier on squat and my form turns to shit, too heavy on deadlift and my back rounds), whereas my body looks so good in the mirror because of mostly hypertrophy workouts