Im setting up a new program, and need some advice. Currently im "bulking" and am looking to add about 15-20lbs of mass in the next 3-4 months.
So here is my criteria for a program, and my questions.
1) Im not an athlete, but enjoy training like an "athlete".
2) My program will utilize barbell/DB complexes
3) I prefer to work in 4 week cycles (3 weeks loading / 1 week deload)
4) Will be traning 3-4 days a week.
5) Am able to utilize gym workouts, and GPP workouts at home
And here are my questions / concerns:
1) Ive been inspired by some of Dan John's writings lately. I read something that he feels specificity comes at the cost of increased risk injury. I see what he is saying here.
So what is a good way for a non-athlete?
Should I train as if I were training for powerlifting, O-lifting, strongman, MMA, and field sports, or would this just be counterproductive?
I dont see a need to be box squatting, or doing full cleans or snatches or training wide stance squats for the sake of getting my squat up. (I dont want to offend any PL'ers here, it just doesn't make sense for me to train for something that specific that im not going to use.)
2) So ive been utiliziing intensification/accumulation phases in the past. Should I go conjugate or western style periodization? (I read the Ferruggia article and still cant decide)
3) If im doing a lot of sled pulling/pushing is there much need for uni-lateral lower body exercises in the gym?
4) Any other recomendations?
Thats about it right now. Im not looking for a specific program or anything, just basic recomendations. Then i'll post up my program, and get your guys critiques and suggestions.
Thx in advance.