I’m gonna be a slight pain in the ass and ask a whole bunch of questions. I’m 23, 182cm tall and i weigh 65kg at my heaviest (yes, i’m a concentration camp victim, but have no genetic relations with giraffes whatsoever…well, actually i don’t look that skinny because of my natural small frame, skeleton wise).
I’ve read somewhere that the optimal weight for an athlete’s relative strength is 65kg. I’m a skinny guy (but not the veiny shredded type) on a warrior’s diet (don’t laugh or get mad), though skinny i easily accumulate fat on the stomach but not on other parts of my body (except a bit on lower back and on upper triceps/rear deltoid area).
i have delicate bone structure and untypically small hands, but great bone density and sink a lot when swimming. I’m not interested in hypertrophy, just relative strength and athleticism (big fan of beast skills and the new sport of tricking). Soon i plan to take up taekwondo and Olympic weightlifting lessons, and maybe even rock climbing lessons.
Oh, and i don’t mind the way i look (at least not that much) just as long as i am functional…through trial and error and lots of reading I’ve come to embrace a bunch of exercises as my tools for building a functional body. One of my problems is too much information, too little knowledge. I’ve read everything pavel and ori wrote on exercise and diet and a bunch of articles on T-Nation and some other stuff too.
Big fan of coach sommer. The exercises i’ve embraced are: push press with kettlebells(also the one legged one arm variation, rotator work with dumbells, wushu jump (a plyometric exercise), sprinting, pistols, one legged deadlifts, bent press with ketllebells, pavel’s joint drills, mobility work for legs (various raises and kicks) and torso, shoulder dislocate with rope, vacuum, hindu squat, hindu push-up(sometimes on fingertips), back bend than stand up, sissy squat (one legged and weighted), swimming, one arm push ups, ab roll, handstand push up, planche , front lever, ketllebell snatches (also the one legged one arm variation), various pull ups, pnf stretches, various holds and presses on fingertips…and an exercise for strengthening the back in a rounded position…mind you i’m not yet proficient in all of these.
Generally, i love maximum strength moves, isometrics and explosive moves (especially for legs).Somewhere on T-Nation i’ve read something about not trying to make your own program by taking what you think is best from everyone. Well, i need a more organized way of training, a split, a plan, something stable and firm, because to this day i’ve been following my instinct mostly.
Equipment wise i only have my bodyweight, a small dumbbell(just one, up to 20kg) and two improvised 12kg ketllebells, and i could probably make my own sandbags that could be easily calibrated (i think about 50kg would be their limit)…oh, i have a chin-up bar, too. I could join a swimming club, but the the amounts of chlorine scare the shit out of me (i’m very concerned about my health, i try to eat real foods, preferably organic. I can’t afford supplements).
What is my optimal weight for relative strength and athleticism considering some of the things i do are also of acrobatic nature? what diet should i follow? I have a lowered right shoulder, i think it’s a collar bone problem (maybe a genetic deviation), but only benching gave me problems and pain and sometimes my right shoulder would feel overstretched from doing any kind of hanging leg lifts(obvious reasons .
should i use an upper/ lower body split? What exercises should i gtg? What about gvt? Or maybe westside’s exclusively fast and explosive training? Should i use the ‘‘two sessions per day’’ approach some athletes use?Or some kind of low volume training? Should i implement strongman training?
Can one really increase growth hormone or testosterone levels by doing legs at evening time (sounds weird but read somewhere that arnold did that)? As a kid i wasn’t involved in sports (i know this is a very late start), can i improve my reaction time, reflexes and motor abilities and skills at this age? With all this ambition and various interests i usually overtrain, how do avoid that (i’m naturally a higher cortisol type).
I have some experience with weightlifting and at the time when i was concerned with mass and bodybuilding i was 82kg, but now i feel an look better than back then. Also had some experience with yoga and was a vegetarian for a year (that sucked, because even as a kid i liked to touch and steal raw meat from the fridge and eat it, didn’t care for sweets just meat;) )
i even have experience in water fasting for several days while being extremely active (it was the hardest thing i ever did, i guess). I tried a lot stuff,really…and am not afraid of trying new stuff, which might be a problem, because i lack consistency.
Did tantra for a while, talk about discipline…studied computer engineering, but quit…than studied philosophy and english (grammar and literature), and again i quit. The things i want to do in life are of physical nature not philosophical (actually they are, but don’ t have anything to do with aristotle and formal philosophy).
I believe it’s never too late to achieve greatness, be it as a coach, martial artists, weightlifter, trickster or just a crazy guy doing crazy feats.
and please don’t tell me to read more stuff on this site for answers, because i’ve read too much information already(at least for a little while, 'cause you learn all your life), and have trouble dealing with it:/
i’ll attach some of my pics that are about 4 months old (don’t have any new ones at the moment)