What are the biggest factors in determining how many hours a week a lifter should be training? For the sake of this forum we can say the goal is to get bigger, stronger, and leaner, either by adding muscle mass while minimizing fat gain, or losing fat while minimizing muscle loss. Or just getting stronger in general without the goal of competing.
For my part, I’ve noticed that more time = better results, no matter what I’m doing or what goal I’m chasing. My results at 8 hours/week will be better than 6, and results at 10 are better than 8.
Is more always better? Is there a point where another hour of training is actually detrimental, or really not worth it?
I feel like I see a ton of programs entailing about 6 hours of lifting per week. I’m not sure why this seems to be a de facto standard. If someone has the time to train 14 hours/week, is there any reason not to?
I’m also really curious as to how this changes for someone spending most of their time on compound lifts vs. isolation stuff. Would love to hear from some of the more knowledgeable guys.