Deciding what you WANT from a training cycle is vital to success
Having 10 different goals at once doesn't usually work.
But I do know this-you can't serve too many masters and try to really excel at all of them.
Want to get strong as hell and compete in a powerlifing meet? Lift, eat, rest, repeat. Walk, don't run.
Bodybuilding for a show? Being strong may have to be put on the back burner as you cut rest periods and calories.
Running for distance? 2 days of lifting, low reps, explosive movements, squats.
Football? Periodize your training, always stay strong, but conditioning close to the season is huge and speed should always be worked on. Consequently, as you emphasize conditioning, your squat may not be as strong. So what? And really, that goes for many sports. Emphasize, deemphasize. And put your ego away if you cant squat 600 as the season approaches.
I have touched on this before, but man, this subculture of training, lifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding is so damn judgemental of what others are doing.
You wanna wear canvas and compete? Great.
Raw, but with wraps? Raw with sleeves? Belt? No Belt? Buck ass naked? Nice.
You wanna do Crossfit? Super.
Olympic weightlifting? Have at it.
Body build? Go for it.
Stand on a Bosu Ball and stabilize yourself while pressing a Llama? Your choice.
Low carb, high carb, Zone? Bran Muffin diet? Kill it.
Id rather read a good book and play with my dogs than judge if the lifting is PURE....
And speaking of dogs, I have a new Lab, Storm. She is a cool little thing, out of some crazy hunting stock. She is retrieving everything at 10 weeks.Well, she is carrying everything. Head held high, tail straight up. Her food bowl, the hose, shoes, pacifiers, coffee mugs. Her prey drive is awesome. Bas is getting used to her, he had to show her who was BOSS a few times, but he's cool. Now she is pure. She is sitting and bringing the bumper back to me reluctantly. She cant figure out that its a game yet, but she will.