I posted this over on the Over-35 board and later realized that it should be over here.
The question is regarding a new program after following the WSSB program for over 6 months. A bit background first: Age - 37, former wrestler then triathlete (yep, I ran a lot), years training 3+ with weights after a long layoff from my wrestling days. I started back with WSSB because I’m just plain weak (BP - 250, DL - 325, Strict Chins - 12 up from 155 / 225 / 6) and have gotten pretty good results with this program. I’m not currently involved with any athletics or strength sports outside of chasing my kids (3 of them under the age of 5) although I plan on getting back into a grappling sport once I have more free time (i.e. can bring the kids to class with me).
Based on this my goals are: gain more strength and perhaps a little size (currently 5’11" @195 up from 178 at ~12%BF) and maintain general fitness so that I’m ready to go once I have the time. I’ve thought about a 5x5 type program or the Waterbury Method but I’m not sure if I’m ready with my limited background. I want to get strong but I understand that this takes time, so I’m in no rush, and don’t want to burn out.
The only reason that I’m considering changing from WSSB is that it appears to be more geared towards athletes and I’d like to take advantage of not having to run/condition/practice as prescribed in the program. Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading.