I’m 18 and I’ve been lifting weights since I was about 16, BUT for some reason I have always had a problem with recovery (especially with my legs) - I do a legs workout on Tuesday and I’m still not 100% recovered on Saturday when I have a match. I know this is weird cos everyone says young guys should recover quickly! I know I eat enough - I’m bordering on eating too much!
The only thing that’s missing is a decent amount of sleep - I get up early to go to work so I get about 7 hours a night, but 7 hours a night should be enough to recover before Saturday shouldn’t it??? Hopefully it’ll get better when I’ve been doing WS4SB for a while cos up until 2 weeks ago my entire leg workout consisted of 5 sets of 5 squats and now I’m really blasting my legs with squats plus some assistance exercises.
I’m gonna be honest - my main reason for wanting to do a bit of Olympic lifting is just for the trap development - I’ve been told that’s a more efficient way of training them than with a huge volume of shrugs (which doesn’t sound particularly appealing and I don’t really have the time). With that in mind, if leg recovery continues to be a problem, would it be worth doing something like a hanging clean high pull? Basically, something that removes the bottom element of the lift to minimize leg involvement but keeps the shrugging movement and (as a bonus) the power element of the lift?
And if so, would you recommend doing them as part of my upper body day, which is the day before my legs day?
Sorry to throw all this at you - I promise I’m not trying to get you to plan my routine for me! I just want to make the most of someone on this forum who actually knows what he’s talking about!