^ got your attention didnt I? =D
Hello T-Nation!! Long time reader, first time poster. I’m well aware that my life story is less than interesting, but i’m hoping that given my background it will be easier to answer my question. plus, i’m narcisstic.
Im in high school, skinny, all that. Athletic background is lots of soccer, track, and Tae Kwon Do. My parents have always been very anti-weight training, so ive done loads of bodyweight work for the last 2 years (which is how i found T-Nation in the first place…the ‘Death by Bodyweight’ article, good stuff)
Last year at the end of track my coach said i should definately look into weight training as I was the only 135 pound sprinter at state, and his recommendation finally convinced my parents to let me join a gym. Angels sang, a beam of light shone from the heavens, and I printed out and followed religously the ‘Total Body Training’ program, by Chad Waterbury I believe.
By the end of summer I had gained 20 pounds but had to take a break from that during the fall soccer season. Over the winter I joined our school’s BFS (bigger faster stronger training program) and have since gained an additional 10 pounds which i’m assuming is mostly muscle since I can still see the outline of my abs (insert your own obligatory shoe joke).
…Now for the actual point of my post…
1)Ive read on this site that BFS is good for beginners but has some flaws,
I sure don’t consider myself anything but a beginner, but if anyone could tell me what flaws those are so I could customize the program to fix that I would definatley appreciate it.
My main reason for training is speed (though looking a bit better isnt too painful either) - assuming that the force for running comes all from the midsection and legs, and assuming upper body muscle will be extra weight to carry, can anyone see a possible imbalance I’m setting myself up for by not training my upper body very much? (just benching and rowing)
Most leg movements seem to be training the muscles that push when running, is there anything that will help with recoiling the leg/lifting it faster for the next step?
Also, thanks a ton to everybody who’s written anything on this site in the last two years, Ive learned so much from it…informative, funny, brilliant.