HIT is not really a radical training system. Fundamentally you just lift weights to produce micro-tears in your muscle fibers like you do with any other method. It’s mostly a different way of thinking about training and organizing your life. A lot of athletes organize their lives around training in the hopes of achieving goals that are undrealistic and/or poorly defined.
Some people even develop a psychological dependency on training. HIT says that you can get very close to your genetic potential by spending less than an hour a week in the weight room and that you would be far better off organizing your life around work/school/family rather than workouts. It also demands that you be realistic about your genetic potential and not seek to devote your life to developing slabs of muscle that you don’t have the genetic capacity to support.
Spend less time in the gym and more time at work and derive your self-esteem from accomplishment in the arena where you have the most ability to succeed, rather than identifying solely with your physicality. It is not a call to complaceny or mediocrity in any way. Indeed, seek to become as big and strong as you can. Just don’t make training an end in itself in an attempt to achieve the impossible.
If I had understood this 10 years ago, I could have saved myself a FUCK of a lot of trouble, and been a hell of a lot better off today as a result. [/quote]
I think if you are looking to a training program for balance in your life, then you have larger issues than simply lifting too much. In effect, that is what you are describing of HIT, as if it teaches you to balance your life.
Gee, yet you don’t see why some respond that many of you act as if this is a religion?
People all over the country head to church on Sunday in order to find balance and harmony in their lives.
Some people meditate.
However, what someone looking to succeed should not do is hope to find harmony for life in a weight lifting regimen.
To be the best at anything takes unbalanced focus from time to time. That goes for an education, a career and even starting a family. If you are the type who lacks the ability to do this at times without losing yourself, then yes, perhaps you need to find the answer outside of the gym.
Personally, lifting one hour a week would have hindered my progress.
It sounds like it did the same for you.