My question is this: Does anybody around here train for performance and have found that their physiques match their machine-esk work capacity and abilities? Is there anybody around here that throws all that calories in vs calories out stuff to the wind and just eats so that every time they step foot on the field or in the gym they are faster and stronger than the time before?[/quote]
I used to powerlift and my goals were generally be as strong as I could be at a certain target weight which generally was about 220. I am 5’11". I normally eat pretty clean anyway and tried to eat 6 meals a day getting in about 1 gram of protein per pound of bw. I never really counted calories, just tried to make sure that I got my protein and my carbs were clean and not from garbage.
My cardio was pretty simple, I ran 3 miles about 3 times a week and did a boxing circuit of about 8 rounds a couple of times a week. Doing all that usually kept me in check at 220 without looking like a huge fat ass. If I wanted to bulk up and get stronger (like in the Winter months) and not care so much about carrying a little more gut, I could cut back on cardio and usually get up to 230 pretty easily.
That all changed when I got into BJJ and then MMA training about 7 years ago. I found that my gas just wasn’t there for sustained rolling or doing extended stand-up with what I was currently doing.
I also started competing and if you weigh anything over 200, you were lumped into the heavyweight class which sometimes would go to unlimited weight and I had no desire to compete against guys that had me by up to 50 pounds. So, I decided to re-structure my lifting to do weight training that helped more for explosive strength that would benefit me more on the mat and incorporated a ton more cardio that was more specific to MMA type training when I wasn’t actually doing real MMA stuff.
I also made the decision to keep my weight at a constant 210. Staying at 210 gives me pretty good strength and I have found that I can generally cut that easily prior to a weigh-in where I have to get below 200. [/quote]
Cool stuff. Did you find you were able to increase strength and performance while reducing weight/fat?[/quote]
My strength is relative to my body weight for me. I don’t lose a lot carrying 10 or so less pounds but I can tell there is a difference. My main lifts are still bench work, squats, and deads so those are the only exercises that I can gauge my strength on. As for performance, it took me a while to get my gas up doing high intensity burst type exercises but once I got down to my target weight, it became easier.