First off I hope this is in the correct section as I didn’t particularly know whether to put it in here, the combat section (as I want explosive power/strength) or the strongman section. I just want to get stronger overall.
My stats are below:
Age - 21
Weight - 16 Stone (224lbs)
Bodyfat - 15%
Height - 5,10"
insulin Dependent Diabetic
Experience - Been training since I was 15 doing a 5x per week split (1 bodypart per day). I’ve also done Bill Starr 5x5 type strength training now & again.
I’ve been bodybuilding since I was at least 15 years old and during this time I managed to get up to 18 stone (252lbs). I wasn’t happy with my bodyfat at this weight though so I decided to cut & a year or so later I’m now 16 stone. Anyway, I was watching a program on TV the other day (and call me “easily influenced”) and it was about people who were extremely strong & one guy said “it’s great to look stronger than you are or at least be AS strong as you look”. I personally believe this & so now I’m looking to improve my strength to go along with/match my size. I’d really like to start building explosive power & strength. I’m looking to start boxing soon aswell so I’d like to have explosive power & strength in order to help me out. Anyway, I have some questions:
I’d like to keep whatever muscle I already have therefore if I started strength training, would I be able to?
Where exactly would I start when it comes to strength training? I realise some people will suggest different things, but is there a specific program which is generally regarded as a good starting point? Bear in mind I’ve been training for a good 6 years, so in my opinion I know the ins & outs of bodybuilding related weight lifting, therefore I’m not particularly sure if I should be starting off with the very novice type strength training. Although, having never done any strength training before (except 5x5) I may be wrong.
I have a Power Rack, LOADS of heavy weights (olympic barbell/dumbbells), bench etc. Is this sufficient enough for strength training?
Can muscle be gained on a strength routine or will I need to incorporate bodybuilding into it somehow?
In relation to the above question, one person that really stands out to me is Mariusz Pudzianowski. He is ‘arguably’ the strongest man alive, yet looks like a bodybuilder. How is this achieved?
Would isolation exercises be used at all in a strength type routine or would the routine be based solely on compound exercises?
And finally, I heard that strength training with lower reps can give you harder/fuller looking muscles. Is this true and if so, why?
Thank you very much in advance and I’ll wait for people to respond. It’d be great if I could start a proper strength routine as soon as possible although as I’ve said, I don’t particularly know where to start.