You train as long as it takes you to get all your work done. Simple as that. Sometimes for me that’s 45 minutes, sometimes it’s 3 hours.
Metal Militia benchers train at least 3 hours a pop on a weekly basis and it works for them. When you get strong, it can take you 45 minutes or more just to work up to a max. Then depending on how much supplemental and accessory work you have to do, it can take awhile.
I’ve found that BCAA and a training drink help a lot with longer sessions.
Just get done what needs to get done. Real overtraining is not going to happen to you unless you are training on the nerve for hours a day every day with inadequate recovery for a long period of time. Being overtrained is a serious condition and can take a long time to recover from. It’s not the same as simply doing too much work to make optimal progress. The latter can be capitalized on with a planned deloading week; at the end of the week, you’ll have realized tremendous gains that were stimulated by the large amount of work you did before. [/quote]
lemme begin by saying that I consider you to be one the people here who knows what they are talking about from reading you in the past so don’t take this as being antagonistic.
However this kid is 5’10 and 180 with under 2 years experience. he’s not training (I assume) toward a specialty goal where all the things you quite rightly mention would apply.
You don’t believe that 4 hours is counterproductive for a guy like this? I’m seriously asking the question.