Hello TNATION, and CT,
I found a forum to add to. I am new to TNation (like 3 hrs in) and have been body weight training for 3 yrs and weight training for about 8 months. I jumped into this form just because I relate. I am 14 and have been playing Baseball year round since age 5, Rec. ball, travel ball, All stars, and now JV and Legion ball.
I also play basketball and looking to get started in Football next summer. I play 2nd base, backup catcher and pitcher but Dad won’t let me show coach my pitching. Something about coach seen my ability on mound and fear of burning up my arm. Over the last 4 months of HS weight training I have seen my body change. Some due to HS weight train and some due to puberty.
I am loving the change and just pushes me to keep working. I am 5’6", 140lbs, and about 9% BF. I feel where Grant.Fowler10 is coming from. Hey Grant, work your butt off and don’t think those other guys are not in the same boat as you. Trust me they are questioning themselves too on “why ain’t I as fast as him or as strong or as athletic”? That is called competition and in that is what makes you better.
Anyways I am not the strongest and sure as heck not the fastest actually 2nd to slowest. My 40yrd sprint is 5.4 and 60 yrd is 8 flat. Coach wants to see me put on some mass and strength and get faster. My personal goal is hit the 40 in 4.70 by Feb. The only thing I have going for me is a hot glove and bat, but a 5.7/40 and my size is not going to keep me on the field and my butt was not designed to sit on a flat bench.
My Dad has transformed the back garage into probably every thing I need. Full squat rack, bench, 450lbs of Olympic weights, 410lbs of standard weights, dumb bells, bands, treadmill…etc. there is even a P-bar and rings because my brother does gymnastics. Great for dips and pull ups and what ever else you can come up with. Weight training class at HS did some good but after training with Dad I learned it was a joke.
Some what effective joke but coaches could care less about form and your progress not to mention what the heck we were doing. Dad was not happy about somethings. Like when I had back pain from squats and dead lifts and said I need a belt or how they said arching your back to the point of just your toes on the floor and shoulders are touching the bench, when benching heavy weight.
OK, Lets get down to it. My dad likes this program, and has approved me to join and educate myself. We have dedicated 8 months of hardcore training to reach my goals by start of Baseball next season (Feb). My first goal is put on size/mass. 2nd goal strength. and 3rd goal speed lost of it. I have been told mass and strength training with goals of also gaining "SPEED" is almost impossible.
Dad says not so…actually his favorite phrase is “The only thing in impossible is I’m possibly” This is our monthly agenda for 8 months. Mon, Wed, Fri weight training and Tues, Thur, Sat Plyometrics for agility.
Feb-Ball season starts
My questions are, will the I,BodyBuilder program help me reach my goals? Is this program designed to give me strength along with mass or just mass with low strength levels? I do not want to put on large amount of mass and sacrifice strength. As a baseball player I need to stay agile and have quick twitch muscle fibers but as I stated I need to put on Mass and strength and have 8 months to do it.
If this is not the program for me then please direct me to what will help me reach my goals. If this is the program can it work along with our weekly schedule of Mon, Wed, Fri weight training or do I need to stick to the I,builder program like glue.
Thanks in advance to all experts on future advice.