I figured I'd post a little update since it has been a while... I'm currently doing an EDT program swanso designed in another thread, but between this and WM I went back to stronglifts 5x5 beginner to check my strength levels...
My squat ended at 220 5x5 when I'd finished the stronglifts 5x5 program initially, I restarted it at 185 after WM and continued straight through to 265@ 5x5 without stalling, my deadlift is a solid 225 /w none of the aforementioned grip issues I was having.
Conversely, since I'd noticed my bench hadn't moved up a notch between WM for 3months and a months worth of 5x5 again I decided that swanso's EDT program looked good with a decent amount of chest work with the possibility for adding a 3x5 @ 90% day every other week (one day of heavy squats OR deads and one day of heavy bench or shoulder press or bent rows per week)...
I am really struggling with bench and am hoping that I'm going to be focusing enough on it that I make some good gains over the next month or two. I am hoping to press my body weight by the time summer is over, but I honestly think I should be doing that already.
I've also continued intervals using tabata squats, thrusters, sprints or jump rope... essentially if I lift 3x a week and have some really heavy days I'll do a day of intervals, on lighter weeks where i lift 2x, I do 2-3 sets of intervals and I'm noticing the bodily changes more heavily now than ever before... abs are starting to come in and I just look good (for the most part)
This brings me to my current trouble, I'm noticing that certain parts of my physique aren't comparable and I'm wondering if I'm developing imbalances that should be corrected... My mid back isn't really standing out at all despite doing plenty more than I bench on bent rows, but all of the pullups and shoulder presses have given my upper back a nice quality to it that is lacking elsewhere. I'm also noticing that my chest looks really deflated in comparison to the rest of my features, so I hope that I get some hypertrophy from the EDT program I'm currently on.
So this is where I take a gracious step back and hope someone with vast stores of knowledge will step in and give me the clarity I seek
To synthesize, I would really like some size on my chest and upper-trapezius, mid-back and spinal erector dev't. My chest is weak, I need to fix that but I need to know how. My deadlift is still lagging behind my squat, which doesn't really make sense because almost everyone I know says the DL should be 2x BW by the time your squat is 1.5x...
If videos are needed I'm willing to give in and post them as long as someone will give me a critique of my technique so I know whether or not it is a problem with my form.