Aussie Davo wrote:
As stated in the title, obviously we know that pursuing hypertrophy in the way a bodybuilder would is counter productive for a combat athlete… So what’s the right way then?
How does one go about moving up to another weight class or two while still spending time on his skillset and other athletic qualities?
Well, for starters, a combat athlete, or any athlete for that matter, shouldn’t focus on a “hypertrophy specific” training routine. A program that focuses on increasing limit strength with low volume and high intensity should be adopted to put on lean mass whose only purpose is to move more weight in big compound lifts. This isn’t to say that certain sports/martial arts wouldn’t benefit from some specialization (bicep and grip strength come to mind for sports like BJJ and Wrestling)
With lower volume, albeit higher intensity, an athlete should be able to continue to train his/her skillset(s) with minimal sytemic fatigue while still focusing on increasing strength, and therefor increasing muscle mass.
I am currently using Wendler’s 5/3/1 program, getting stronger and it hasn’t affected my boxing work. I attribute this to the fact that Jim Wendler was a collegiate football player, and as such knows how to build a program that has plenty of room for muscular growth/strength development while managing fatigue well.
Hmm food for thought, I might give that a try, as I too, am a boxer. I’d be happy with just increasing strength, but I’d like to move up a weight class or two. I take it with this kind of training though, gains in lean mass come very slowly?
Thanks, I wanted to get a RJJ animated icon, but that one just struck me as what Jones is all about.