As a firm believer in the principal of variety in training (also referred to as Mirror Training), and armed with a credit at amazon, I picked up CW’s HIAH.
I have forced myself to shut up, leave my own training beliefs at home, and lean in to the training and diet principals and plans laid out by CW. I have been running on faith and the curiosity that is inherent in different training approaches.
However, hitting the first of the unloading weeks (4 weeks into his Get Big program), it is apparent that I am undertraining. Yesterday, ending my third full week, I did a total of six sets for my entire body, as per CW’s perameters.
Before this program, I would do more than 16 sets per worked body part per workout. It has been hard to force myself to limit my training time to three days a week, between 20 and 45 minutes per training session, and I can hardly believe I am unloading.
My weight, subjective level of leanness, and measurements have all stagnated, and while I continue to increase my kcals to 500 to 1,000 kcals over my burned kcals according to fitday.com (of course, depending on intensity of that training, appetite, etc.)
Even with this, I am willing to stick with the program for at least a while longer, trying to give it a fair shot.
My question is all of this is if others have experienced this same undertraining and stagnation with this or similar programs? I do trust CW (his HFT principals have always done great things to my strength and musculature), but perhaps HIAH does not apply to those of us who have a higher tolerance to higher volumes and intensities.
Is it right to give this program a fair chance even after a month of dedication with no noticeable results?