This thread is supposed to be about weight training, not supplementation so here’s something more on subject:
This is the schedule I have followed for the last couple years (and am currently doing):
Cut weight from the last half of April on into May, June, July and then maintain through August. I go from about 255 down to 220 or so. That’s like 2lbs a week for 17-18 weeks. That way in July and August when it’s blistering hot outside, I am at my smallest so I don’t die of heat stroke (or scare anyone off the beach
). During this time I usually follow a bodybuilder type of a split, where each muscle group has its own day. I workout 3 days on and 1 day off in an 8 day cycle to hit everything. I go from 2 to 4 days of cardio a week as my metabolism gets progressively slower. I change up the lifts I do each week and I change the whole layout of the 8 day routine about half way through these months.
The rest of the year, a couple of friends and I typically do strength training focused more on powerlifting. I find this a much more enjoyable time of year since I get to eat a lot
(especially when my metabolism gets back in full swing) and I don’t have to worry about long sustained cardio sessions (which IMO is the most boring thing in the world
During September and October, I just stick to the same basic workout structure as I do in the summer, but lower the reps and up the weights. I quit doing long cardio sessions and just do sprints once a week. I also eat more and let my strength come back (and of course some of the fat with it). Once I reach a plateau on my strength gains, I’ll switch to a powerlifting routine. I’ll cut out a lot of supplemental lifts for things like biceps, shoulders, calves, etc. and just do a lot more sets of the major lifts (variants of squat, deadlift, and bench). I’m excited to do power cleans again this year. I tore a bunch of stuff in my wrist while playing football a few years ago and couldn’t do them anymore. I’ve worked on getting my wrist flexibility back for several months now and it’s looking good.
Anyway… I’ll usually reach another strength plateau sometime near the end of January and at that time I start using other supplements (besides the protein shakes I take year round). Last year I took a ton of creatine, some AAKG, and Citrulline Malate through February with good results.
And finally, through March and the first half of April I will be too worried about going snowboarding before all the snow melts to give a damn about weightlifiting