I’ve been working hard for the past 3 years to bring my lower body lifts in line with my upper body, yet it still doesn’t seem to be working. I’ve prioritized lower body sessions, particularly squats, which are my biggest weakness. Even after three years of de-prioritizing upper body, my upper body numbers are still much more impressive than my lower body numbers.
I’ve reached a point where I’ve realized that I’m much more gifted for upper body strength/power than lower body. I’m not sure if it’s lever lengths, fibre type, or CNS activation, but there’s a noticeable difference between upper and lower body in my adaptation to training.
I’m considering reducing my lower body training from 2-3 sessions/week to 1 session/week:
Power clean 6-8x1-3
Back Squat 4-6x4-6
Snatch Dead 3-5x3-5
This would allow me to focus on my strength: my upper body.
Now I want to get involved in a new sport, and I want it to be something that I have the genetic raw material excel at. I’d prefer something that requires excellent upper body strength and that places less importance on the lower body. The only two things I can think of are bench press competitions (which I may enter at some point) and rock climbing. Rock climbing seems to favour tiny, light athletes, and I don’t really fit that description (nor do I want to). Any other ideas?