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Old 07-17-2007, 11:58 AM   #1
Pat McCarthy
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After lurking for a while, I decided this site would be a good place to keep a training log as the training mantra of most of the guys here seems to be in tune with my own.

I'm currently in preseason training for the fall rugby season, working on speed and conditioning while continuing the never-ending quest to get bigger, stronger, and more powerful. I spent the better part of the winter and early spring powerlifting and while I did see some good strength gains, I hated how I felt when I started conditioning again. Whenever I focus solely on powerlifting, I find myself feeling fat and injured, not a good combination. However, that's in the past.

I'm currently on a 5 on-2 off schedule where I lift in the morning and condition in the evening. My lifting schedule normally consists of 2 ME days per week, then 3 cross-fit style workouts to end the week. The conditioning consists of 1 speed/agility day, 1 grappling class, and 2 GPP days (strongman stuff). I'm normally completely shot by the end of the week and while this schedule borders on overtraining, I was blessed with superb recovery ability (that's about it as far as natural gifts) so by Sunday night I am aching to go again.

Preseason started about 10 weeks ago. I stand a little over 6'4 and at the beginning weighed in at 247 @ ~17% bf. 10 weeks later, I'm down to 238 @ ~13%. The additional GPP work plus a stricter paleo diet is probably responsible for the loss in my fun belt, and I do feel quite a bit healthier and energetic.

The plan is to continue on this schedule through August then scale the workouts down to 2 ME days and 2 GPP days when team practices get rolling.
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