Originally Posted by Allanon
He is like his brother was at this age. He is wiry but he has functional strength. It just doesn't translate to the weight room necessarily. He has really shot up the last year and a half and added 18, 19 pounds since this time last year. He just doesn't look like he has gained weight because he has gotten so much taller.
I can tell you that my son experienced a near miraculous transformation from the time we began training together, when he was 16, over about a year's time. He employed a basic upper-lower split and stuck primarily to a 6-8 rep range.
He was what I'd call 'skinny-fat' to begin with and probably lost twenty pounds of fat while gaining around twenty pounds of muscle. I surmise that this was the case because his weight remained stable but he took several inches off his waist while adding several inches to chest/arms/thighs.
And as an example of how his strength increased his deadlift went from 135 to 405 in the course of the year.
Funny thing is that his mom is as skinny as I am. I chalk up his gains to consistency, compound movements and sticking to a heavy-ish rep range.
The one thing he went wild on was pushups. He did them all the time and I really do suspect that that was the best thing for his pec development, probably his best bodypart.