i have never trained for aesthetics solely and always put performance as a priority in my training, but i just competed in my first bodybuilding competition on the weekend and placed 3rd in my division. i could of been tighter and have learnt some things about my body and the way it responds. my real question is in regards to my training and programming in my "off-season" i really want to work on pure hypertrophy for a while and bring up my hamstrings and lats especially as well as doing some hypertrophy work on my abs to help them "pop" a bit better. but all round trying to embrace body building and a physique based approach.
The basic approach i have taken on for this reverse dieting phase back to maintenance cals is madcow 5x5 with a little bit of extra assistance work around the 8-10 rep range (3-4 movements x 3-4 sets) which i understand is still far from a bodybuilding purist approach.
basically i am looking for some programming advice for this next three months or so as i have never focused solely on hypertrophy and would like to bring something better to the stage (not just better conditioning) full bodybuilding focus!