I want to narrow down my training goals. I am 21 years old and have a full-time life, Work, School, Girlfriend, LIFE. I love to train hard and my goal is to 1. Get Stronger 2. Get Bigger 3. Be conditioned 4. [/quote]
I want to suggest focusing on one goal at a time for periods of 8-12 weeks or whatever you feel is best. So for example, for the first 8 weeks, focus on getting your strength up. Do exercises in the 5 rep range. You know, things like 5x5. After that is done, work on getting bigger. Switch your rep ranges to hypertrophy style higher reps like 8 to 12. This way you will be stronger from the first training block, allowing you to use heavier weights for high reps, increasing the amount of muscle mass you can gain. After that, do a block where you focus on conditioning. Keep lifting heavy (it don’t matter what rep range, I mean don’t drop the weights just because you’re cutting or whatever) and maybe drop your calories a little and see if you can cut some fat off.
This way you’re not trying to get bigger, stronger, AND leaner at the same time, spinning your wheels. It’s also refreshing mentally because you’re doing something different every couple months or so. And this way you will make more progress in the long run.
Good luck buddy.