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High Intensity Training and the Career-Oriented Trainee

September 20, 2010

The following is a quote from the late bodybuilding legend and champion, and High Intensity Training (HIT) advocate, Mike Mentzer:

“…Many who might take up weight training fail to do so for it is almost axiomatic with the public that ‘more is better.’ I have spoken with numerous career professionals who related that they always wanted to take up weight training but couldn’t justify the time: a 30 minute drive to the gym, working out for an hour or more, 30 minutes for showering and dressing, then another 30 minutes back to home or the office. And who can blame them? Weight training — albeit important — is merely one value that should fit comfortably into a hierarchy of rational values…

…I honestly believe that the promulgation of daily, volume workouts is the single most detrimental factor affecting the growth of bodybuilding and fitness. In addition to it preventing many from taking up weight training, it causes many to drop out due to chronic fatigue and frustration. I say “You’re Welcome” to those who have thanked me for getting them started and keeping them involved in weight training/bodybuilding by introducing them to the ideal form of exercise: brief, infrequent, high-intensity training…”

High Intensity Training (HIT) is, of course, the overriding Efficient Exercise training philosophy; exercise that is of short duration (no more than a half-hour — and in many instances, even less) but of very high intensity, and performed on an infrequent (once or twice in a seven-day period, on average).  Fitness doesn’t have to be an all-consuming endeavor; in fact, fitness works best — and is most productive — when it operates in the background of one’s life.

One needn’t exchange a full-docket “life” to attain a strong, healthy and vibrant existence; the two — supreme health and an active career — certainly don’t have to be mutually-exclusive pursuits.  When it comes to exercise, more is not better — or even necessary (and, in fact, more can be counter-productive to healthy results!).  Determining that “Goldilocks” median (not too little, not too much, but just the right amount) of “dosed exercise” is not as daunting as it might seem, though.  Personalized exercise programs designed by Efficient Exercise trainers are the answer.

For more of Mike’s High Intensity Training tips, check out this link.

In health,


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