If there was a time issue, I would be inclined to agree with you considering his age.Quote:
Originally Posted by Carrera26
Attempting to add to a great program like Starting Strength with an advanced periodization without a requirement for both is a mistake. The OP has 1 year to do a 3 - 9 month program that will get him to a point where periodization and cardio can be applied, then will start BJJ as an absolute novice.
He'll get a chance to develop cardio for a minimum of three months before he starts BJJ enough to learn without getting gassed, wiht no chance of eating up muscle gains in the mean time. Then he'll get the best anaerobic cardio workout on the planet in grappling. Ultimately getting good cardio isn't going to be a problem at his age.
Starting Strength is a simple program, with a great track record. If there was a pressing time issue, for example, American Football spring practice starts in four months and he's weak, undersized, and has no endurance, then yes - he would need to do both cardio and lifting. He'd also probably have a coach to help him throught that process.
This is an 18 year old with an eager attitude, a weight room, and plenty of time asking for help on an internet forum. Why complicate things when he is going to have to figure out thing for himself using a book and bunch of guys he hasn't met who, for the most part, live on another continent and spend as much time arguing amongst themselves as answering his questions. Better to keep it simple, and take baby steps. He'll get to the same point - probably in about the same time frame with a better chance of success than if he tries to alter the program before he even starts it.
The power of simplicity is staggering.