Hey team, so I’ve been reading this site for a while and this, coupled with a class I took last year on strength development, completely changed the way I look at lifting. As a high school and college athlete, I’ve always been “strong”, but I’ve only been seriously lifting (correctly) for about a year. Right now I’m focused on strength, and I’ll probably be transitioning to hypertrophy in about a month.
However, here’s the rub; next year at this time, I’ll be in Ranger school. I’m an infantryman in the US army and I feel like this will be conflicting with my goals to put on strength and mass. Almost everyone in the army is (or should be) able to run ten miles, stay awake for 20 hours, etc., etc. I expect to lose about 30-40 lbs during the 62 days (or more) of Ranger school itself.
Recognizing that I’ll be running and ruck marching for hours on end in my career, my question is this; is it possible to have the best of both worlds? I love crushing weights (almost at a 1RM of 600 on deadlift) and I love getting stronger. I actaully hate running and endurance sports. But is it possible to train for lower body endurance while maintaining a good amount of strength? Since I’ve been focused just on strength lately, I honestly get winded from running after about a mile or so…
Anyways, sorry for the long post and thanks for any help or information.