I figure it would be a good idea to write down my goals. This way you guys know exactly what I’m after. My off-season will be anywhere from 5 to 9 months long, depending on how far I get into the playoffs, and if I decide to play some field lacrosse at University.
I won’t list goals in order, cause that’s very difficult. My number one goal though is to get faster.
- Sprint Faster
- Jump Higher
- Weigh about 230 lbs lean(ie. gain 10-15 lbs)(last off-season I put on almost 30 lbs, which led to shin splints)
- Improve Squat (current max: unknown, goal: 315x10?)
- Improve Bench (current max: 225 prob, goal: 275)
- Improve Pullups (current max: unknown, goal: 20 reps)
- Improve Deadlift (current max: 455, goal: 500+)
- Increase size of my Neck, Lower Legs, and Upper arms
I easily did a box squat below parallel with 295 about a week ago to give an idea of where my squat is. I’d guess I can do about 10 pullups right now (palms facing away). Obviously my deadlift is my best lift, so I’m not as worried about improving it.
I’m not sure if I’d be better off working towards being a better athlete in general, or trying to get specific to lacrosse. If I do decide to train specifically for lacrosse, the 3 things I can probably improve the most inside the gym are: Sprinting Speed, Cross Checking strength, and Shooting speed.
Anyways, I’m talking too much…[/quote]
Well, if your primary goal is truly to get faster you might want to consider getting stronger at your current body weight first. Gaining weight upwards of 230lb while simultaneously increasing your speed is a hard task(I’ve attempted it before). Considering you are only squatting a little over your body weight right now, I’d say you have a lot of improvement in your speed to be gained by just getting stronger and obviously doing sprints.
Also, I wouldn’t make getting bigger a specific goal but rather let that come along as the result of you accomplishing your other goals (increased performance foremost!).
Just some thoughts.