hapakun saidI just wondering how often other guys see strength increases in their weights. I am going to use my bench press for example, I can do 8-10 reps at 245 lbs and 5-6 reps of 275 lbs, but have yet to go over 275 lbs (6-8 Reps) or do more than 6 reps at 275. Ive been stuck at this plateau for a while now -- 3 months.
How often do you guys increase your weight?
Should I increase my weight even though it might mean lower reps?
Any tips on how to increase strength?
I think you probably know the answer. It depends. If you're young, eating buttloads of food, sleeping a bunch, and a classic mesomorph, you can make gains regularly. If you're partying all night, starving yourself, and stressed out, gains will be slower. Gains will also be MUCH slower in an advanced athlete as opposed to a newbie.
Anyone, be they 16 to 80, can make an 80% increase in strength in as little as 16 weeks in their initial training year. That's fact. Some folks are very weak, untrained, and don't have neurological conditioning. Changes can happen very quickly to folks who are just beginning. That rate of change drops off after years of training, but, you develop "muscle memory" and can go back to where you left off almost immediately if you're an advanced athlete and take a break. E.g., I hardly ever get "sore" after 34 years in the weight room. My body is heavily adapted to resistance training after 3 decades.
Don't forget, you can look like the guy who can move the 600 pound weight, or actually be the guy who can move the 600 pound weight. They aren't the same. Study up on hypertrophy and it will all make sense.
To answer your question: it varies, and a fairly wide range of factors...genetics, experience, calories, rest, recovery, training method.
Progressive overload can be good, but resistance training is very intense, and it's very easy to overtrain. Steady as she goes. You can try some advanced training techniques, but, the number one thing you can do to get over the hump is to EAT.