Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Good progress. My main advice is to keep at it. 2-3 months isn't a long time. It will take 2-3 years to put some quality size on.
I suggest measuring your quads every 2 months so you have a measuring stick as to how things are going. If you are not seeing a consistent size increase these are some likely reasons:
1) You need more leg volume.
2) You need more food.
Because your upper body is growing, I am wagering that you need more stimulation.
I would add in leg presses.
You might want to modify your 5x5 to an A/B split an alternate between front squats and leg presses. I would also increase the front squat reps to 8 to 10 per set. Something like:
Workout A - Front squat 4-5 sets x 8-10 reps
Workout B - Leg press 4-5 sets x 15-20 reps
Also, you didn't mention your weight.
Thanks for your help. My weight is around 230lbs. I think some muscle memory played a part because I have gotten big before, but for some stupid reason I stopped lifting. But I plan on staying with this long-term and I really appreciate your advice.
I'd love to add in leg press but I only have access to free weights right now. Do you know of any other good free weight exercises that target quads? Maybe should I add in some regular squats or stiff-legged deadlifts (for hamstrings)?