Do you love volume?
Smashing yourself in to a sweaty heap of mulch?
I do, truly I do.
My body however, well it no longer tolerates what it once did.
These days I could tell you exactly what will happen if I ramp up the amount I’m doing.
Week 1 – Feels good
Week 2 – Feels better
Week 3 – Death Reheated
The drop off rate is alarming, and that isn’t at a high intensity either.
Ironically if I was to play with loads at 80%+ with 5-25reps daily I can sustain that for months and make progress.
GTG style also works very well.
^^ This would be on one or two movements per day.
A session may look like this:
A1 – Press x6x2-4
A2 – Carry x60 seconds
A3 – Pull x6x2-4
^^ 1-2min rest between each movement
Creep that up by a standard volume increase, say
Week 1 6×2-4
Week 2 7×2-4
Week 3 8×2-4
Then these days bad things would happen.
Funny how sometimes that which we truly enjoy doing just isn’t good for us.
That being said I’f I was to have a high volume session I’d have to look at training every 3-5days.
By high volume I mean like I used to train only a mere 5-6 years ago.
Trade offs, trade offs, trade offs.
It is a struggle to let go of something you became so accustomed to.
I’d be that guy who was a true work horse.
If something wasn’t progressing then I’d simply do more work, there was endless energy and nothing slowed me down.
*Life looks over – “Aha, do I have a surprise for you.”
We only have so much that we can give.
So why is it why always try and give more than that which we have?
We could be here all day discussing that.
Our attitude of – “I just need to do a little more’
It’s a foolish one, seriously, the only person ho cares how hard you work in the gym is you, all the people looking on in awe will forget you the second someone else catches their eye doing more than you.
If you view of yourself is similar to mine form thee days of old, please heed my words.
Don’t break yourself.
It’s just not worth it in the long run.
Unless you are a paid athlete, like a legitimate one, not an Instagram one, they don’t count.
Working yourself in to the ground isn’t worth it.
For us average folk we can make leaps and bounds training every 3-5 days with higher volume/intensity styles of training.
Now there are many ways to train, I’ve shared plenty.
Some of which I’ms are you’ve seen and thought – I like that, I will try it, for 3 weeks, then got bored as results didn’t come as fast as you felt you deserved and thus you reverted back to your comfort zone of what you always did.
“Foolishness Dante, foolishness.”
In fact I’m going to extend a withered hand.
All you need do is ask and I’d happily write you something to do of the next 6months for free.
It would be something you’d question because it’d be very different from what you’re doing (I’m willing to bet).
The question is this though, would you be willing to give it an honest go for 6 months or would your addiction to more get the better of you?
I guess we’ll see.