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I'm Tired of Being a Skinny Bitch

Discussion in 'Training Logs' started by Matt Thornton, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Matt Thornton Amateur Fighter

    Sep 2, 2004
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    Some of you guys told me I needed to start a log. So here it goes.

    I started training MMA 3 years ago. I grew up a pretty pudgy kid, so by the time I hit middle school and got into martial arts and wrestling, my focus was getting skinny. I never really lifted weights, just did tons of cardio.

    So, when I started MMA, I was reasonably skinny. (5'11" ~150 pounds) I wasn't a total weakling but I was by no means strong. Over the last 3 years, I've really focused a lot more on technique than strength. I was always rolling with bigger guys.

    Anyways, for the last couple years, I've been lurking the S&P forums, and reading the hell out of T-Nation.com and trying out their stuff. I've always told myself "Alright, as soon as I get to x% body fat, I'll go on a strength and mass program."

    I never did. And for a little while now, I've realized my plan is not to be a 155er my whole life. Even when I do fight pro 155, I still want to be 170 and cutting to 155. For my last amateur fight, I didn't even set foot into a sauna to make 55.

    Now I'm at college, and my technique training is a little limited, and I have access to multiple weight rooms. Plus, I have unlimited swipes at the dining commons. For the last couple of weeks, I've just been lifting heavy and eating like a champ, packing on a little functional mass.

    As of right now, I don't have a totally specific goal. I plan on fighting again this summer, and when I get out of school I'm going off my bulk program and slimming down. When I do that, I still plan on powerlifting twice a week.

    I'll keep updating every time I lift. The core lifts right now are:
    -Snatch grip DL from 4" platform
    -Oly front squat
    -Pull Ups
    -Hang Clean
    -Push Press
    -Lunge/Step Up

    I'm working on lifting 3x a week. Currently, I think I'm fighting off a sinus infection, so I was not able to lift today. The next day I lift, I'll post the first update.
  2. ThinkGreen Der √úbermensch

    May 1, 2007
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    San Diego
    Nice choice of lifts man, I would just add in some DIPS!
  3. fil Orange Belt

    May 14, 2006
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    It's also about the food you eat.

    I had a buddy out of college play for the Bangals that weighed 165 dripping wet.

    Before going into training camp, his mom had him on a 6 meals a day diet and he ate a lot. Something like 2 different meals eating a whole chicken, 2 carb pasta meals, etc.

    He lifted twice a day and took supplements.

    NFL season started and he was a lean 225 lb tackle.

    He played for 5 years and when he got out, he deflated back sub-180.
  4. WildCard Blue Belt

    Jan 2, 2008
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    Your name is the same name as my gym owners/instructor.

    Look forward to follwing your log!
  5. erskine777 Orange Belt

    Apr 2, 2007
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    City of Fallen Angels
    hello, fellow skinny guy. good luck on your routine. snatch grip deadlifts from a 4'' platform sound brutal.
  6. Joe Funaro Amateur Fighter

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Long Island,NY
    Hey, since your a skinny bastard, look into WS4SB. Someone else on the boards pointed out that its a great program that you can change for your needs (and he tells you how).

    The big thing is having a max effort day and a max repetition day instead of the regular west side ME/DE split.

    Oh and I second the dips or bench press. People like to diss bench press sometimes just like curls, but its a great lift for adding mass.

    Good luck.

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