I am 41 and I notice that my recuperation is not what it used to be. I have a hard time training 2 days in a row nowadays.
I started training in the 70s when everyone was “bombing” and “blitzing” bodyparts LOL. Mike Mentzer was telling everybody to go all out, on just a few sets. My point is that I have always tried to train to failure, and flog myself in the gym. That doesn’t seem to work for me anymore.
A typical training split was previously Pushing/Pulling/Legs, with either a 2 days on, 1 day off schedule, or sometimes 3 days on, 1 or 2 days off. Now I have a hard time training 2 days in a row. I’m wondering if I should moderate my daily volume or cycle my intensity, in order to be able to make it to the gym every day? That is counter-intuitive to everything I grew up on (“train hard on every set”). However, I do realize that I can always learn “new tricks”. (For example I started doing a velocity-oriented “back-off” set for my bench, which seems to work well. Something I would have never considered doing, previously.)
Is it more important to be in the gym often, or work at a high level when you are there?
As far as my training goals, size strength or conditioning, the answer is “yes please” LOL all of the above. With perhaps a slight bias towards size, if I could have my druthers.
I’m not looking for an exact training program, just some philosophies that I can incorporate, and use to write my own program. Any feedback would be great.