First off I'd like to say how glad I am to have found a site like this. Great people, great articles, great forum, great everything. This site is exactly what I've been looking for!
But anyways, I am beginning a strength program. I am a freshman in college and previously wrestled for four years at 215 lbs. The training was very intense and was a lot of fun. I decided not to wrestle in college, one of my biggest regrets. Instead I've decided to go for MMA because there is an MMA institute conveniently located next to my college.
To help me with my MMA I want to first gain significant strength. I'm following the "Rippetoe Starting Strength" program. I've asked around a lot and this is supposed to be one of the more fundamental, basic strength programs.
Do you guys think this is the right program to build strength? I'm trying to become a lot more powerful, I've always been an agile and flexible athlete, but I always relied on those aspects to help me win my matches. I want to be as strong as any other competition (not to say I'll even be competing anytime soon haha-utmost respect for MMA fighters). Strength has always been something I've lacked for such a large guy. People assume I can lift a lot of weight, when I really can't.
My goal is to be able to become much stronger.
Also, Nutrition-wise, should I try to eat six smaller, protein packed meals a day or is that more for bodybuilding?
I picked up some supps at GNC (including a few I had anyways).
-GNC 100% whey
Any other recommendations?
Any advice would be appreciated. Looking good is not my concern, I don't care how much I bulk up or if I don't get a six-pack. I want to put up a lot of weight and become explosive.