I understand CT is a busy man, so I'd be glad to receive any advice the board has to offer.
T Nation has been an excellent resource for me and I apprerciate all of the time and consideration you give to your posts here. Normally, I dont post on these boards, as my own input is of little significance to the really impressive strength and aesthetic athletes here. (Nobody wants advice on how to get lean and aggressive.) However, I have been performing well in my field and hope you guys will indulge my question.
I am a twenty five year old athlete training professionally since early 2010.
(I trained in the ignorant bliss of the amateurs for a decade before that!)
For 2010 and the early portion of 2011 I competed at 154lbs(69.9kg) walking at 165lbs(75kg.)
At this point in 2013 I compete under 168lbs(76.2kg) walking at 188lbs(85kg.)
Natural growth was a factor in adding this poundage but some really good coaching has seen me develop dramatically as an athlete.
-With my current approach to making weight. I am performing a "Bulk&Cut" style exercise.
I put on muscle (and fat) between competition and gain strength (188lbs/85kg.)
In making weight for competition I strip fat, lose a % muscle mass and consequentially strength (168lbs/76kg.)
Certainly I am making progress, each training camp is a step forward, but I feel this is a more pedestrian form of progress than desirable. Heading back into training camp with reduced muscle mass is demeaning and often you're left shaking your head at your own PB-
"Nah man, I couldn't have done that, must've been someone else."
Also, it can be crushing psychologically as you see your numbers drop considerably right before you get ready to get work done.
AND EVENTUALLY....MY QUESTIONS:
In your opinion, is this form of training outdated, are there more efficient approaches?
Do you have a limit or restriction on the weight (or bf%) your athletes are allowed add between competitions to minimise this effect?