First off this is probably going to be a long post, so I really appreciate it if you read it. So I've been lifting since June 2010. I want to give a good description of what exactly I did so that an idea can be had of where exactly I've gone wrong, if I had. This is me about a week into training. As you can see, I have VERY little muscle on my frame at all, weighing around 57kg and my bodyfat wasn't even that low. (terrible angle I know) I started on starting strength, except I was a total noob when I started, knew nothing about fitness or lifting weights at all. Started using smith machine for squats in a crap 'fitness' gym that had no rack. I stuck to it for a while, until a friend of mine who has been lifting for a while put me on a bro split, with 4 or 5 sets of every exercise going to failure. Obviously this wasn't an ideal routine for a beginner, but I did make a little progress from this I feel, which was tempered by poor diet regulation (not sure how often I was even eating in a calorie surplus), but there were also times when I was on weight gainers and I made noticable gains (probably a lot of fat too). This was the result, me at 68kg (September, 2011): And one from Feb 2011 where I actually look ok for 6 months of proper lifting, but I think the angle of the pic is deceiving: It's obvious that I had put on a lot of fat here, and my inexperienced self thought it would be a good idea to further bulk, this time doing starting strength as the program states, accompanied with GOMAD and a high calorie diet. My diet was shocking during this time, way too high calories, too much weight gainer (Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass), and not enough nutritious whole foods. Some pictures from my 6 months on starting strength: The last image was me at my heaviest. I went from 68kg to 83kg in 6 months. As you can see, most of this is fat. My lifts after starting strength were (5RM): Squat: 107.5kg Deadlift: 130kg Bench: 77.5kg Press: 55kg So not exactly amazing. From here I decided enough was enough and that I wanted to cut. Unfortunately, my lifts went down quite a bit when cutting for various reasons. One of which being that I messed around with my routine too much, I went into Madcow 5x5 while cutting, starting with submaximal weights which was mistake number 1. I then moved over to Lyle's bulking routine which was mistake number 2, I also was out of commission for a while after a surgery which left me unable to lift for a couple of weeks. As of this week, my lifts are (5RM): Squat: 72.5kg Bench: 60kg Weighted Chinups: BW + 10kg Press: 40kg (6 reps) And this is what I look like: My frame is still tiny and I struggle to even fill out a size small tshirt, they're usually baggy on me. After finishing my cut, I had went from 83kg to 64kg, almost 20kg lost, over the duration of 4 months, My bodyfat is between 10-12% according to caliper measurements. I still look like ****, I can't even fill out a small mens tshirt, my muscular definition is so crap that you can barely see abs at my current bodyfat which is lower than its ever been. I have officially started 'bulking' again this week (eating at maintenance this week to stabilize my weight, then moving up to a 500 cal surplus from next week. The routine I have chosen to do is Layne Norton's PHAT. I'm just very pessimistic about my progress so far, and feel like I've either been doing something very wrong or my genetics/testosterone levels are ****. Once again, thanks to anyone that actually read this.