New Year, New Macro Cycle

I’m writing this on the 5th of January 2016, which is the day after I started a new 13 week macro cycle leading in to the Auckland Powerlifting Championships, where I am competing between the 1st and 3rd of April. I’ve already got quad and glute DOMS from last night’s training, so I guess that is setting the tone for the next 13 weeks.

There isn’t going to be anything particularly unique about my training, but this will be the first time I have written any of my own programming from scratch. This macro-cycle is going to consist of three mesocycles – hypertrophy, strength, then peaking. The hypertrophy block is that of Renaissance Periodisation, which is 5 weeks (4 training + 1 deload). I will write my own strength and peaking blocks from scratch (4+ 1 and 2 + taper weeks respectively), likely with much input from Angus and Jing (friends/mentors/strong motherfuckers). It’s both exciting and daunting for me to be writing these programs from scratch, but I’m looking forward to it. Regardless of how it goes, it will be a learning experience.

The other thing I am going to do differently this macrocycle is to track my calorie intake. I’ve used food diaries and macro tracking before, but because I have had quite an all or nothing mindset previously I had pretty mixed success. I’m smarter now, having just finished reading Eric Helms’ book on diet (Muscle and Strength Pyramids) as well as The Renaissance Diet, and I’m possibly more balanced to boot. Given this, I am going to give it another proper go, and see what happens. Hopefully good things. At worst, it will be another learning experience. Because I’m currently bumping up against the top of my weight class (u93 kg) I’m going to use my hypertrophy block as a cutting phase, trimming body fat and hopefully maintaining muscle, and then maintain or slowly gain weight through my strength and peaking blocks.

The success of my training/programming will be gauged by my performance on the platform come April, and the success of my dieting will be gauged by changes in BF% as shown by eye-ball and the Navy Body Fat Calculator, circumferences of my right quad and bicep, and circumference of my waist about my navel.

So, with all that said, I guess it’s time to get started. I’ll try to provide updates with regards to both training and dieting, probably at the end of each mesocycle. No promises though.

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