As far as I know, Mike Mentzer didn’t have any formal education regarding physiology or a life science. I would love to be corrected, as I’ve often been curious as to exactly what his credentials were.
What I was trying to suggest earlier was that sure, HD works for a while, as does everything, then it’s time to move on. Cycling between it and another program is probably the best way of implementing it. One of the reasons people who use it likely see gains is because it does seem to force them to use a greater load, or more repetitions then they are accustomed, implying they weren’t working hard enough in the first place.
Be aware I foresee a decrease in limit strength for those practicing strictly Heavy Duty type training.
Personally, I think there are better programs out there then HD, but by all means feel free to use it as you see fit. Just be sure to keep an open (and objective) mind.
Good luck and above all, do what gets results for you.
i have a degree in Phys ed. I took all the the ex science type courses. Alot of what they said was of great benefit ,and alot of what they said was bull !
My point is ,just because one has or doesnt have a degree really doesnt mean alot. Yes , it can help.
Getting off topic a bit , ex science seems to be trendy. I remember when the academics use to say" stay away from the olympic lifts and deadlifts. Dont deep on squats.
Now they are saying the opposite[/quote]
I’m in an exercise science course of study and I’ll be the first to tell you it has certain failings in scientific rigor and can be very dogmatic. That being said, I believe there is value to a systematic course of instruction for whatever field you are in. I respect that one can acquire quite an impressive education without formal studies, but I don’t believe Mentzer had it as far as the relevant sciences go. I think Mentzer used alot of psuedointellectual posturing and overly elaborate philosophical arguments to explain what is a simple thing (lifting, eating and growing) without having to delve into the underlying mechanisms in a scientific or rational way.
Now, I don’t want to be too harsh on the old dead feller, as I think everyone should try first then examine, and if HD gives them results, keep at it 'till it doesn’t. I just hate to see people treat HD or HIT or 10x3 or any training methodology like a silver bullet when one doesn’t exist. Don’t deify the gurus, this includes Mentzer, Arnold, even our esteemed contribs, respect their input, but explore for yourself.
I just wanted to try to temper some of the dogmatic awe I saw developing here, that seems so common among the HIT/HD Jedi.