Thanks for answering that Trent. I know having dinner/going out with college aged guys when you’re cutting is a real struggle, so good luck with that haha.
Ok, so can you share your training split? Typical day of lifting/eating? Numbers on the Big 4 (DL, SQ, Bench and OHP).
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Alright, let’s give this another try lol. No worries about the questions, I’m happy to answer any than anyone has and I’m glad to see people are interested! Unfortunately I can’t go into much detail about my training, as per my agreement with The Strength Guys.
In the past, I followed typical bro bodybuilding splits, just hammering a bodypart or two each day. I didn’t put nearly enough focus on progressive overload or actually increasing strength in the compound lifts. I definitely fell into the trap of chasing the pump far too much in my training; while this can obviously be beneficial in a good program, I overlooked the fact that (I guess it’s an opinion) all other things being equal, a stronger muscle will be a bigger muscle.
Since starting with TSG about 6 months ago, I’ve made more progress and seen more gains than I did in my previous 2 years of training. My current training is split into upper and lower days for the most part, with certain days being more of power day and others being more hypertrophy oriented.
My coach, Jacob Trout, is big on periodization and uses different variables such as high volume, high intensity (I’ll often have RPE guidelines on lifts, where a 9 would tell me that I should come up one rep short of failure), varying rest times (think 6x20 squat with 60 seconds rest), tempo training, etc. I feel that the tempo training has made a huge difference in improving my MMC.
It’s much easier to feel the target muscle working when I have to focus on controlling tempo, and can’t just start moving the weight from point A to point B.
Current PR’s: Bench-290. Squat-375. Deadlift-475. I’ve had a few shoulder injuries playing baseball that have made heavy overhead pressing pretty painful for me, so most of my overhead work is done with tempo and a weight that I can be sure to control throughout the whole movement.
I’ll write up some thoughts on diet tomorrow!