Hey T-people. I wanted to ask a few questions related to High Intensity Training and relate my experience with this type of training.
First, I have been doing a HIT (High-Intensity Training) Routine since January and my goal is to gain mass from January until June. I know this sounds like a long mass period, but I have a hard time putting on weight, and find that I need to go about 5-10 lbs heavier than where I want to be at the end of my bulking phase. My stats are 6’0 and 165, used to be 180, but mono and some weak maintenance eating and lifting last fall messed me up.
Anyways, I have done ABBH, OVT, and a regular 5x5 program and I preferred both ABBH and OVT, but found that after a month to five weeks of high volume four days a week workouts I became overtrained (slightly). Now, before anyone jumps on me let me say that my calories were around 3500 per day during these programs and I got 8-10 hours a sleep a night because I am not a big party person. Therefore, while I made good gains it seemed that I wasn’t always listening to my body, and sometimes going a little overboard.
This past winter I stumbled upon High Intensity Training, and while I don’t buy into the hype from most programs the concept sounded intriguing especially since I was in the middle of applying to law schools, going to school full time, and working 25 hours a week. All of these things did not allow me to train as often or as long as I often wanted to. So…
I went into HIT doing three days (MWF) with Monday and Friday being the same set of 11 exercises of one set (sometimes two) and wednesday being a different set of 11 exercises same format. I am never in the gym for more than 30-35 minutes, and I have noticed some awesome improvements. I use primarily only core exercises and go full out, but not to failure. I also set it up so that the exercises are grouped into a three exercise superset with rest only for taking weight off the bar and then walking to the next exercise. In between this superset of three exercises I rest for about 1-2 minutes then hit up another superset of three exercises.
I know this training sounds weird to some, but it really seems to be paying off. Now, first you have to be intense and you have to be ready for pain both in your muscles and in your lungs because the constant movement from one exercise to the next definitely impacts one’s ability to get adequate oxygen.
My current goal is to be 175-185 by the end of June. I used to be 130, I shit you not, as a senior in High School and put on about 15 lbs of muscle my senior year, but after getting to college i have a serious problem with gaining weight partly because I had not read massive eating, and partly because I did not realize that I needed to bulk for a long period of time. These are not excuses they are just facts…
Ok, so I have babbled enough. Now, what do other people think about HIT?