I have been using the Kilgore/Rippetoe weightlifting standards as a basis of comparison to gauge whether I am making appropriate progress given the amount of time I have been training. Based on those standards I believed I was making reasonable gains. However, the article "A Clarification" and reports of individuals on these boards make it seem that I am far behind the curve. I believe my form is at least acceptable on all lifts (excluding PC) and in any case not bad enough to account for my drastic discrepancy in performance.
29, 6'3" 208lbs, skinny-fat, long arms/legs
Deadlift 335 5RM
Squat 265 5RM
BP 180 5RM
OP 115 3RM (test 3RM more recently than 5RM). This is weak even by the strength standards. I have been paying careful attention to my form and believe it is good.
I have been doing SS for about 9 months starting with no previous strength training.
Programming: Slightly modified Texas method, 3 day program but training every second day (I alternate BP and OP but with each lift going from volume->light->intensity). I am varying reps/sets as I get stuck. Very rarely do I miss a training session.
Example of what might have been a recent week
Pull-ups 3 sets to failure (7,5,4)
GHR, BW+10lbs 10,10,10
Dips: BW, 10,6,4
Chins, 3 sets to failure (10,6,5)
Pull-ups, chins, and dips migrate days based on how long the workout is taking and whether I feel up to putting in a good work set given the other work I did.
Example of daily meal:
6 scrambled eggs
250ml cottage cheese
2 x 4 oz hamburgers
250ml cottage cheese
1/4 chicken (breast) + veggies (sorry do not know exact measurements here)
Milk: 1/3 gallon
I stopped consuming a gallon of milk when my gains slowed and I quickly started gaining fat around my waist.
Sleep: Normally (see proviso below) 8 hours, enough to wake up naturally without alarm
I suffer from deep depression and occasionally insomnia.
So what gives? Should I be more advanced than I am now? Is there any sensible reference against which I can measure progress so that I know to take corrective action?