Reading these books has made me dissatisfied. There’s so many great programs out there, but none of them are perfect for me. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want, but no idea how to get it.
What I want: Strength and power, and the health benefits they bring. I’ve built muscle, now i want to use it to its full potential
What I don’t want: Hypertrophy or fat-loss. I’m very happy with my body composition right now. Sure, a few bf% less couldn’t hurt, but if I want that I’ll skip the oreos.
I know my limitations:
- I want to train only three times a week
- I have imbalances and weaknesses. I want to work on them. I do not want my main goal to be accomplished at the cost of my body.
- I know I’m not an advanced lifter, and that there are siginificant gains for me to be had in full-body workouts.
- I know an experienced trainer will make a much better program for me than I could make myself.
So where does that leave me?
- NROL4W is great. It does a wonderful job at tackling my weak points (upper back, unilateral work, glute activation). But it’s not a strength program, it’s a strength/hypertrophy/fat-loss mix.
- NROL itself has a strength program, but that one still includes hypertrophy, because, hey, all men want to be buff, right?
- Maximum strength looks amazing mobility and strength wise, but it is an upper/lower split program, and seems to be a program I want to do after a few years.
- Most other strength programs like stronglifts, etc. are very basic. They just include 5×5’s of the big exercises without regard to mobility and/or weaknesses.
- Having a trainer make a custom program for me sounds wonderful, but I just found out how much that costs, and I’m not prepared to pay prices like that.
- Finally, making my own program would be fun, but it would most likely be horribly ineffective until I got better at it.
So i’m at a loss. I’m considering adapting NROL4W’s two hypertrophy phases to a 1-8 rep range. It’d be a hack-job, and the periodisation of NROL4W would be affected… but it would get me everything I want. Or I can suck it up and do the hypertrophy parts at a deficit, the fat-loss parts at a surplus, and go on. But it seems absurd to me to not train for your goal.
I’ll need to give this more thought.