I've been checking out the T-Nation forums for a bit and I think that now is the time to share my own concerns.
I'm 18, been working out for 13 months and managed to go from a very frail 135 pounds physique, with slight scoliosis, to a pretty buff (16% fat) and healthy 185-190 pounds frame, thanks to hard work, lots of eggs and the late discovery of creatine monohydrate.
Like many others, there's nothing I like better than the soreness you feel after a hard session at the gym, and especially the day after. Thing is, to actually feel fatiguated, I have to train alot, even too much. I tried reducing my workload to avoid overtraining, but I just felt like I was running in circles, not progressing at all.
Anyways, I'll let yall judge that for yourselves, here's as an example the back workout I performed yesterday:
4 sets Widegrip Pullup, 12 reps
4 sets wide-grip lateral pulldown, 6-8 reps (using restpause on the last set for 4 more reps)
5 sets of deadlift, 7 reps
4 sets bent over reverse grip rows, 6/6/12/12 reps
4 sets of one-arm DB row, 10 reps, (using the drop-set technique on the last set for 6 more reps)
I'm regularly told that I'm doing too much, but this routine, with 60 to 90 seconds of rest between sets, only takes me about 60 minutes.
Thanks for your input!