If you have more specific questions I can answer them, but it was a pretty broad question.[/quote]
This is related, maybe not more specific:
I have a really hard time balancing what helps me perform great/do well in a particular training session or fight/event/competition versus what works well ‘the rest of the time’.
I posted about this previously, but leading up to my last fight, I took a break from lifting, ate below maintenance (to make weight, and was training a TON: it’s not like I was eating light), but upped my carb intake a lot, especially around training.
My training sessions were great, I really “peaked” pretty well.
The problem is that if I kept that “routine” up year round, I’d be worn out, catabolize all my muscle, and I don’t have to up my carbs much to start getting a “carb gut”.
Long post for a simple question, but where I am now is a mindset that when I’m out of camp, I should train for the “long term” and not worry if my performance isn’t great at the gym every day, and as a fight approaches, do what I did this time: cut calories, increase carbs, cut back lifting…
I feel like the fact that there is a “decision” at all though means I’m doing something wrong. Is it possible to stay lean, energetic and strong all year, or should I look at it as “building excess (size, strength, exe)” then “trimming the fat” starting 4-6 weeks out…
Hope my question(s) made some once of sense…[/quote]
Have you tried keeping up that “routine” all year? Or is the assumption you would get a gut based off of speculation?
Also, you said you did a great job of peaking. Well then GREAT! Wasn’t that your goal? To peak and perform at your best during the fight? Then you accomplished that goal and should probably do your best to replicate it in the future.
I train year round, but am I in better shape during some parts of the year? Hell yes I am. Am I in bad shape during parts of the year? Very rarely. You are going to have bad days in the gym, days where you feel like crap, feel like nothing is working, feel like you should call it quits. It happens, it happens all the time. What is important is that you regroup and find a path to success, if it means upping your carbs, if it means taking another session off, if it means beating up teenagers to build up your confidence, then so be it.
The fact that you peaked at the right time means you are doing something right. My boxing coach always says “You only need to be at your best on fight night”. While it my be comforting to beat everyone up every night at the gym it either means A) you are a world champion, or should be or B) you aren’t challenging yourself.