Thursday, April 2, 2015

155.2

Two different weigh-ins now, I've been 155.2. That's straight out of bed and bathroom, dry and hungry, 155.2. It's finally a pound over the hump where I've been stuck, and it's not all water and belly fat. The goal has always been a lean 160, so I'm looking at probably 165 before I taper off the creatine and peanut butter.

Right now, for the foreseeable future, I'm not even worried about kettlebell sport. Right now, I'm sort-of bodybuilding, and it actually feels really good. The programming looks a lot like the Greg Nuckols article, "Powerlifters Should Train Like Bodybuilders", and it lines up a lot with Dan John's guidelines for training over age 40. For any younger person who has reached a plateau with their strength or any older person who is looking to make a change, I highly recommend that Nuckols article. I like that strengththeory.com starts their articles with this header, like the abstract of a scientific paper.

What You’re Getting Yourself Into:
~4200 words, 10-15 minute read time.
Key Points1. There are six key factors that largely determine how much you can lift.
2. Of these, muscle size is the only one that’s impacted strongly by training choices in the long run.
3. Although focusing on heavy (85%1rm+) lifting CAN build muscle mass, “bodybuilding” style training is a much more efficient and effective way to maximize hypertrophy.
4. Very advanced lifters may benefit from an increased focus on training specificity, but to make the most of this style of training, it helps to have a solid muscular base first.
I erased and rewrote another paragraph three times. I was beating a perfectly good point to death. The article is worth a read if you're young and stalled or old and trying hard.

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