First, a bit of a foreword. I started reading T-Nation a few months ago and love it. I read the menshealth forums for a while, but they just bash on anyone with a different opinion, and most don’t know what they’re talking about, so I’m hoping you guys will keep an open mind.
I’m 20, student, working full time every other semester (makes lifing schedules tough), been lifting more seriously for about a year and a half. Anyway, here are a couple of my open questions. I’m basically on the fence about these things right now, so any input is appreciated.
- Early morning vs. not-early morning training
I’ve read a few places saying that test levels are highest in the AM, making that an advantage. Yesterday I read something in at T-Nation archive article that said your CNS hasn’t woken up yet until afternoon, and to avoid early lifting.
- Different times of day
Hearing that lifting at the same time of day each time you train can be beneficial so your body can get the most out of it. But, wouldn’t changing times (my spring schedule has strange hours for class) daily kind of keep your body guessing, so you can’t adapt?
- Volume & Intensity
I do total body training right now (thats another discussion entirely), but I hear the arguments about high intensity (very limited rest between sets of high reps) and heavy lifting to grow and etc. Lately, I’ve been doing heavier weights & low/medium reps for some stuff, supersetted with antagonistic movements, most all compount movements with very very low rest. It dominates my body, and I personally feel like its a good workout. Has anyone else tried this? I don’t usually hear of things like that, and am curious why.
Sorry for being long winded, but I’ve been pondering that stuff a while. Thanks guys (and/or girls)