I’ll try to be concise. I worked out a lot in college (stength and size for 2 years then moved into crossfit type-I’m in the military) but once I starting flight school I let my workouts go to the wayside :/. Right now, I’ve been doing Crossfit with cardio on paleo in order to slim up a bit and get ready for our upcoming physical fitness test-figured losing 15 lbs would help a lot in pullups and the 3 mile run.
Anyway, my strength has definitely dropped, and my long term goal is “crossfit physique”. I’m currently 158lbs around 14-15% BF and would like to be 170-180lbs with functional strength being the focus not only size. I know crossfit claims “strength built in a void isn’t useful outside the void” but the fact is MOST really successful crossfitters have some good size to go with their strength.
And just do to the fact that I’ve lost so much, I figure after I slim up I need to take a long while to focus on strength (and the size required to go with it) before working it into crossfit workouts.
I HAVE read a lot of threads here and wanted to get advice on which programs to run, and if I should use any periodization with Hypertrophy and strength. I’m planning to do Starting Strength first but also am intrigued by Texas Method, Wendler 5/3/1, Reg Park 5x5, Bill Starr Mad Cow 5x5, Juggernaut Method, MaxOT (done this before with decent results), and Anti Body Building Hypertrophy.
I guess I’m asking in what order should someone like me, who has lifting experience but has just lost a lot of strength, do these programs or which ones are so similar that I should just eliminate. Starting strength is great for starters (Max OT is a very beginner workout as well) but as for all the others, I’m having trouble discerning which ones are more intermediate or advanced.
If I wanted to just do every program eventually, what order would you guys recommend. After I hit that goal weight with strength I’ll be transitioning to Crossfit Football and the like. Thanks in advance guys.