I do think that for most people on this website a HIT program would work quite well though. Better than that high frequency stuff everybody seems to like so much. Isn’t DC training a form of HIT, seems to work quite well… However, I do agree that advanced training methods, such as DC and HIT can only be effective once you already have a solid base of muscle, which at 170 lbs you probably did not have yet.
First, no DC is not a form of HIT. Dante has commented on that subject numerous times. Go over to IM and search for HIT posts by Dante and you’ll be sure to find some.
Second, your statements seem a little contradictory (probably not intentionally though). You say that for most people on this website HIT would work well, then you say that it’s an advanced method (meaning should be done by advanced trainees). If you honestly believe that “most” people on this site fall into the advanced category, go read the “Who here really trains” thread.
I’d say that most people who read this site would fall between beginner and intermediate. There are some advanced lifters, I’m not denying that. But the majority are not.
I think where a lot of people go wrong with these slow reps is actually counting. I think if you count to 4 on the way up and to 4 on the way down you are missing the point. What you should focus on is a contraction of the targeted muscle. Sometimes that means you have to slow down the movement a bit, sometimes you have to speed it up a bit. Always going as fast as possible doesn’t mean you will get the best contraction in the targeted muscle though, at least that is my opinion.[/quote]
You know, I honestly believe that the rep speed isn’t all that important. I know of guys who like fast reps (Shawn Ray and Flex Wheeler come to mind) and guys who like slow reps (Mentzer, Viator, Future over at IM). You’ll find examples of people who got big using both methods. And, you’ll find plenty of people who didn’t using both methods. Why? Because rep speed really isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things.
I also think that it’s somewhat intrinsic, and has a lot to do simply with personal preference. If you enjoy doing fast reps, but try to force yourself to do slow reps, then you probably won’t stick to the program for long; and therefore won’t get good results from it. Enjoyment of the program is an aspect that gets overlooked quite often, but is very important for long term commitment to it.
In the end, there is no “best” program. There are lots of ways to go about getting to your destination, and it’s up to you to pick the way/method that appeals to you. Trying to go someone else’s way without really believing in it or liking it, probably isn’t gonna get you the results you’re looking for, no matter how good the program is in theory.