How we got here: I was a two sport college athlete, an All-American, and spent three years playing internationally. I coached at the D1 FCS level for a year before returning for a double master while working in the athletic department. Sport and training always been a part of my life.
Last week I stepped on the scale and it say 249! wow, that’s not gonna work. I played at 234 (yes exactly)so figure that’s my fighting weight, the goal is to return to that and it starts now.
I guess this is a way to keep myself accountable, have some fun and have an outlet for a few training, weight, sport and life ideas. Let the fun begin.
Training History: High School: had a great guy who volunteered his time with our team. He was a competitive powerlifter and held records in the masters category. He was actually a deadlift specialist but I never did them (will come back to haunt me).
Big lifts: chins, dips, bench, seated press, squat, lunge, leg press, arms, abs- basic but I got bigger and stronger and learned to enjoy it. College: was at a HIT school. Say what you want I learned a lot. I gained 30 lbs, learned what REAL hard work and toughness is and valued the importance of putting in a solid days work.
I credit those guys a ton with making me the person I am today, teaching me intensity and creating a work ethic at makes me laugh about ‘hardcore’ workout videos on the web. International: Got an introduction to O-lifting and reintroduced to squats. Noticed that with not squatting for 5 years in college and never having a deadlift base my lower back sucks (still an area I need a ton of strength work on)if I every want to bring up my lifts.
Overall, not world changing or bad just more tools in the tool box during this period. Also got introduced (i know its evil to say in this neck of the woods) Crossfit. Honestly I think it has its place, I wouldn’t do it as a stand-along program but its great for conditioning. Its funny complexes are awesome but crossfit is bad.
You take a workout like crossfit, put it in a rounds format with rest intervals to match the sport and your a progressive MMA trainer. Point is, for increasing workload and if programed right, a little condition work like that.
Guess that’s where I’m at right now. I have access to a university varsity gym so have cool toys, bungees on the wall, sleds, tires, hurdles, plyo boxes, med ball, kettlebells, fat handle DBs, Olympic platforms and bumpers, Glute-ham, etc. Original idea was to go with a 5/3/1 type program but start real small on max.
Currently, just taking the next few week or month to get my workload back up. Figuring on doing some jumps, throws, rowing, KB stuff and reintroduce some form work on the major lifts. Kinda workout ADD but just increasing my work volume, my workload, and get shoulder and low back ready to put in work on the next phases.