Thanks TRP! Context: I've been at this for years, I'm 185 cm tall and have decent SMV for my city and setting. 35.
My shape has fluctuated over the years, from 100kg of fat and muscle in my Judo days, to 65 kg of wire and nervous energy (some of you will intuit how this happened, the rest are sheltered/lucky).
Today I'm topping the scale at 82kg, which is up four kilos from when I began lifting three months ago. For the first time in my life, my chest sticks out over my ribs. I have a ways to go just getting back my judo muscles, but it's real progress.
Last night I put on a fitted t-shirt that accentuates this. My ex came over (she's in orbit with an LTR; getting free of being shacked up with her is an epic tale for another time), and freaked out. "looking good ex bf", musing about how the new BF needs to start lifting (he does, he's skinny), etc.
When I got to the club, the difference was subtle but unmistakeable. As I mentioned, my SMV in context is high and my frame pretty clear; this is my home spot and I spend a lot of time flirting with women who aren't on the radar for various reasons, primarily being sub-8.
Last night, about 6-8 of them touched me on the chest, or at the cap of my bicep. Normally I get elbow or hip (waist is acceptably slender, never had problems with leg definition ever). Plate of the week loved it.
Lift, my brothers. It works. Even if your game is tight and you're pulling the 8s and 9s, it works. Worship at the Iron Temple. It's obvious now that when I clear 90kg I'm going to be absolutely slaying it.