So I went ahead and gave in to doing some bodybuilding style training. I am going to be running the 3 way DC split for a while, doing a lot of rest/pause, and doing a lot of movements to shore up problem areas I have had.
I'm not doing DoggCrapp style training because I want to. In fact, it's the opposite. I didn't want to. The reason I went back and forth all week on a training layout is because I was trying to avoid it. However I eventually settled on it for a few reasons.
With DC training I can rotate in movements all the time as I get stale. I think the biggest issue behind me dealing with injuries the last few years is simply overuse. The style of training I do normally, will get you big and strong for powerlifting, no doubt. However I noted to someone last week that "I see more injuries in powerlifting than I ever saw in bodybuilders."
And it hit me like a rock.
It's not just my style of training, it's THAT style of training. Training to squat, bench, and dead with little variation will get you good at doing those things, however the longer you run a minimized program, the greater your imbalances become. You neglect filling in the gaps of musculature, and eventually those gaps will give. If you don't believe me just talk to some powerlifters that have been at it a while. They all have war stories like this. And while there are some bodybuilders that seem to get injured a lot (Branch Warren and Yates come to mind), there are lots of guys that train hard and heavy almost year round that avoid injuries for the most part. I don't particularly care for doing a lot of the things I will be doing. High rep squatting is the suck, and rest/pausing big movements day in and out each week, takes a lot of testicular fortitude. Constantly trying to beat the log book takes a toll, but it REALLY keeps you focused at the same time.
I am really having to put myself back in a place I did not want to go, but I am smart enough to see that its what is best for me.
Coincidentally, I talked to a guy that told me that a powerlifting legend that he trains with is always on his ass about getting better at the things he doesn't like doing. This is exactly how I feel right now. I need to get better at the things I don't like doing. This will help me immensely in the short and long run. I will shore up some imbalances, stay healthy, and get bigger and stronger overall.
Obviously this is not something I plan on doing forever, but I am going to run it until I feel like it has served its purpose and my longing for caveman style training returns (squat, bench, dead, have sex and eat.)
My last training cycle before the meet served me well, and as I am dieting down, I see I added quite a bit of solid, quality mass. I upped the reps and did a lot of things very similar to what I am doing now, and most likely my DC cycle will morph back into that. Because that is my bread and butter. But for now, I am going to do what I don't want to do, and reap the rewards of my hard work. I'm already going to end up a LOT bigger 242'er after this last training cycle, so I have no doubt the next few months will even further enhance that.
I am going to try and do a better job of being more detailed in the training logs to talk about why I am doing certain things, and their place in my training. I hope some other guys will learn from this as well.