So I just partially ruptured my left Achilles during rugby practice and am stuck in a boot for the next month at least. Since I’m out for a while I figured I might as well see if I can make up for lost time working on conditioning and whatnot by adding as much upper-body power as possible in the downtime. I’m 23, 6’ 2" 180lbs and I play Center/Wing and I’d like to be in the 200 range eventually so any LBM I can put on now will make that much easier come offseason.
I know my way around the gym and have been using sandbags this past offseason to focus more on functional strength and power than just your typical mirror muscles that the frat boys spend hours on. I used to be a track runner in high school which is why I’m still fairly thin for my height/frame despite the last couple years of gradually bulking up.
Given that I can’t really do much in the way of your typical power lifting due to my left foot being out of order, what’s going to be the most efficient means for adding maximum bulk with explosive power? Remember, I’m aiming to be ready to boot up and hit the ground running as soon as I’m cleared by our Dr, so I need to do everything possible to keep from losing my fitness or pace in return for bulk. I don’t want to add weight only to lose ground in cardio and speed/agility as a result.
I’m open to any/all supplements (within reason, of course) and I’ve got pretty healthy eating habits established already. I plan on picking up some high quality mass gain powder as well but have tried several over the years and haven’t really been blown out of the water by any of the shakes and/or supps I’ve tried.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, Cheers!