I just recently gave up track in college.I am transitioning to bodybuilding/strength training and I dont know if this is common but I am finding it kind of difficult.
I always feel like I need to do cardio. I am a blend between an endomorph and mesomorph,and since I got off the running and went to straight lifting and some cardio I put on about 5 pounds. I have pictures and I can p.m to anyone who wants to see the two week difference.And as a former fatboy(kind of almost back there now haha),I know I am very prone to putting on lots of fat when the opportunity presents itself.
I am also finding it hard to break out of these strength gear workouts ive been doing for years, and I feel like if I am doing a hypertrophy workout, I am betraying myself lol or the athletic community.Its like my mind has been geared to lift this way for a certain way for so long, I really dont know what Im doing.
I also trying to deal with lifting with soreness. When I was running it was just my legs, but now since I started hypertrophy, my whole body is like I was in a fight! Im guessing this is normal, but Im really not sure.
You also have less training partners to spot you. I always had someone who could give me a lift off or push me through the set, but now that I have no team mates around, it is kind of different,and I am not comfortable asking someone I dont know to give me a lift off.
I also want to do a show in november, a natural bodybuilding show. I want to take this next 8 to 9 weeks to get back to down to 11% bodyfat. And then from there I want to go hard put on some more muscle,and go for it. Is there anyway I can stil cut fat with my reduce cardio load and increased resistance training. I am very interested in how bodybuilders do cardio less intensely and still cut fat so well.
My splits for training look like this:
Monday:Chest/Quads in the AM
Triceps in PM
Tuesday: Back/Hamstrings in the AM
PM:Bicep(weak point of my body)
Monday and tuesday are hypertrophy based days.
Thursday:Same as monday but no p.m
Friday:Same as tuesday but no p.m
Thursday and friday are strength based days as I try to move heavy weight because I want to be strong in order to get bigger.
As you can see, I have a lot of questions and a lot to learn, but I guess the one thing I do have going for me is that I have a good amount of strength from being a sprinter(or decent amount).
Im sorry if this is long or a rant, I just have a lot of questions, and a lot confusion about things…
All help is appreciated…