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    I’ve been working out (anaerobic and aerobic) for about 6 months now. Yes, I did at first get a little stronger, but not as much as I think I should. I’m 18, prime age for fitness, and I work out hard 3-4 times a week. I typically do various workouts, and do 2 sets of 10 reps. For example. Many of the machines at the gym I use are freewight/machine hybrids, and the machines that work the arms, you put weights for each arm (say, 45lbs for the left and the right) instead of those machines that use the pin, which favors a more dominant arm. With that being said, I’ve been doing 2 sets of 10 reps, using 45lbs, for about 4 months now. Typically, I know that a normal person would either be able to increase the weight, or increase the sets after a week or two. This is not my case, as I’m still stuck on 2 sets of 10 reps. I even tried using straight up free-weights, but I haven’t been able to curl more then 2 sets of 10 reps with a 30lb weight for about a month now (35 gets impossible for me around rep 7-8). I suppose the best example i could provide to this is that, around January, I managed my first pull up, this was about a month after I started working out all the time, It’s now the end of August, and I might be able to do 2-3 pullups on a good day. I understand building muscle is not a fast process at all, but I’m still worried I’m doing something in the least efficient way possible. I eat a good diet, breakfast being the largest (dinner the smallest), and there’s LOTS of protein to go around. Am I doing something wrong? I work the same muscle with 4-5 different exercises, and the odd thing is, I’m getting more toned (mainly the arms), but I’m still quite frustrated at the fact that I’m not seeing any real improvement strength wise. Can anyone give any ideas on the situation?(P. S, besides the typical “on a treadmill for an hour” routine, is there an intense excise that can help me get rid of that last little bit of fat?)

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