I am currently part of a college soccer team. I realize that quickness and speed is a very important part of the game. I am a currently a freshman and one of the fastest/quickest players on the team, so I am not too worried about my speed, because I am sure it can at least be maintained throughout this proposed training cycle:
My coach gave a us a workout schedule, and it consists of full body workouts 3 days a week. He claims this stage is simply for gaining muscle mass (60-70% of max, 8-10 reps) and he wants a lot of protein intake. My question is, how long should I maintain such a workout schedule before I should start doing higher reps to lower body fat %. My essential goals are to become stronger, yes, but I also want to lower body fat % (especially around my abs). The entire workout is supposed to last for the rest of the college semester (late April), then throughout the summer I am basically on my own. So all in all, I have from now until the beginning of August to create some sort of workout cycle that will allow me to gain a good amount of (muscle) mass and then cut with high reps. I just need to know how to go about doing it. Any recommendations on how to help achieve my goals would be appreciated.