[quote author="davan" date="1223891476"]Mike, you should start consulting with some of the natural bodybuilders. The guy I posted pics of is one of the best up-and-coming natural bodybuilders in the US, known for his leanness/conditioning going into contest, and he didn’t even approach those kinds of levels of leanness.
I can tell he’s quite good as his symmetry is great.
What were your training days like where you ate 8500-10,000 estimated calories…?
For the first 2.5 years of my collegiate eligibility I was actually doing a little bit of everything. It was a complete butchery of good training theory. I was a decathlete running about 50-60 miles a week, lifting 4 times, doing interval work (mostly tempo work which I thought was speed work at the time) about 4 times a week and doing about 20 technical sessions a week of about 45 minutes a piece. I came from a HS where aerobic fitness was the be-all, end-all and as a result I couldn’t give up the cardio work. I’d often go for 6-10 mile runs at 1am in the morning. I actually ran a 1:18 half marathon and 26:3x 8k off this training (and I was a decathlete haha). I look back at it now with shame and wonder if I could have been better than the average decathlete I was if I hadn’t overtrained so badly.
When I got to OU, this changed and I gave up most of the distance running although I still did a decent amount. A typical week there was: 3 days a week I would lift for an hour in the morning (standard Ethan Reeve stuff)…I’d run to the weight session and then run back to my dorm or apartment; 3 hours of track training in the afternoon. I’d run with the sprinters and then do the jumpers workout and then the throwers workout. Then at night, I’d do some bodyweight work or go to the rec center to lift again.
When I was training / competing in skeleton, I cut this down pretty dramatically and was ‘only’ putting in 2.5-3.5 hours of training a day on a much more sensible training plan.[/quote]
You were in beast mode!! LOL