First of all, Id like to say goodmorning and Happy Wednesday!!!
Now, down to business…
I have been training hard as bodybuilder in addition to
playing collegiate rugby for the last 4 years. I have spent this past year transitioning from bodybuilding training to powerlifting and now to Olympic lifting. While breaking free from the bodybuilding mentality has been tough, I have officially fallen in love with and become totally addicted to Olympic lifting!!!
However, I believe I have grossly underestimated the amount of time needed for full recovery between workouts, especially in regards to the CNS. In addition, I am struggling with taking in enough calories in the day to maintain my current body composition.
Ive not experienced any deficit in power or performance; in fact,my experience thus far has been the opposite. I feel like I am currently experiencing a strength explosion (my PRs increase weekly for the last 2 months).However, Ive noticed in the last 2 weeks that Im having a hard time fighting off a cold and that my joints (wrists and knees specifically) are often swollen and sore. My life has now come to revolve around eating, because I am constantly hungry, i even find myself waking up 2-3 times a night to eat, which then takes away from muchneeded sleep.
Im on a roll right now and dont want to lose my momentum, but Im pretty sure I will not continue like this if my body doesnt properly recover. Im cycling two work outs on a weekly basis- I currently alternate between a 4 days/week Oly lifting schedule and 5 days/week strength work out- but is this just too much?
Im currently at 69 kilos (151.6lbs) and 12.0% BF