Is HIT the Ultimate Training Style?

Mike Mentzer Posing

Weight training for some is the most important part of Bodybuilding and while it’s true that nutrition and rest are highly delicate subjects, training deserves its own discussion space. Asking ourselves if training is more important than nutrition is the same thing as asking what came first, the chicken or the egg. In reality answering both of these questions is useless, training is equally as important as nutrition just like the chicken is to the egg. I know this example may be a little weird but I think it gets the job done in explaining the importance of two fundamental Bodybuilding factors.

High-Intensity Training or HIT is probably one of the least talked about training styles when it comes to discussing hypertrophy training. The most talked about training program revolves around the typical five exercises for five sets and twelve reps, some exercise programs may include a few super sets or drop sets but, why doesn’t anyone talk about HIT as much? The most logical answer to this question is that High-Intensity Training is not as appealing as other styles of training, and that weirdly enough some consider HIT to be a beginners training style, the cold hard truth is that HIT may actually be the secret to achieving new levels of muscular development for both experienced and inexperienced bodybuilders.

Casey Viator Posing

How does HIT work?

HIT training is based around a few principles developed by the late Arthur Jones and other well known individuals such as Mike and Ray Mentzer. High Intensity Training is a bodybuilding style that allows the bodybuilder to build his physique in a unique and painful way, HIT workouts tend to be shorter, more intense and a lot more technical than regular programs.

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The Benefits of Weight Training

Bodybuilder performing dumbbell rows

Weight Training has been recently known to be a great individual sport but it wasn’t always this popular, ever since Weight Training or Weight Lifting made its way into the mainstream, a great amount of people had their doubts and considered it to be a “dangerous” sport. As the years went by and science progressed it was proven that the benefits of weight training are unmatched, weight training is so good that athletes from different sorts of backgrounds have joined the movement to improve their overall physique and performance.

Weight loss

One of the main recommendations by sports nutritionists and doctors to people who have weight and health issues is to perform cardiovascularly and strength training on a daily basis. Cardiovascular training is great for burning calories and working up a sweat, weight training, on the other hand, burns both calories and fat while building muscle, the body will then transform into an anabolic state. As the body stays in an anabolic state it will naturally use fat sources as energy, weight training is also great for building resistance and increasing overall cardiovascular performance.

Muscle building

The main reason weight training has made its way into the mainstream is because it’s the only sport that allows the human body to gain muscle and burn fat at the same time. Weight training puts the body’s muscle fiber under great amounts of stress and makes them grow bigger and stronger. Weight Training allows the body to overdevelop in areas such as conditioning, resistance, speed, size, explosiveness and raw power.

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Are Supplements Worth the Money?

Bodybuilder hlding supplement drink in hand

Supplements have been an essential part of bodybuilding for the past few decades for their benefits, efficiency, and accessibility. Back in the 90’s the supplement industry began growing and it eventually transformed into the huge monster we have today, what makes the supplement world so great is the fact that you can virtually find a product for any specific goal, it doesn’t matter if it’s for muscle building or fat loss, the supplement industry most likely has something for you.

Before supplements made their way into the mainstream market, they were bodybuilding’s little secret, not many people knew that these “magical powders” or “magical pills” existed and it was actually a good thing. Supplements weren’t part of the mainstream world so they weren’t subjected to the mainstream rules; a lot of supplements that were bestsellers a few years ago are long gone due to the fact that they contained a few (now) illegal ingredients that were “too powerful”.

Gloves and chocolate supplement drink

As supplements made their way into popularity, a lot of ingredients that were previously used became banned and were replaced by less powerful ingredients that met the established requirements by a series of health and food organizations. Eventually the non bodybuilding part of society that had a set of desired goals such as weight loss, many started venturing into the supplement world and began consuming supplements that were only a shadow of the original products that started the whole movement, now we have a huge industry that is filled with hundreds of brands with thousands of products out of which only a minor percentage work.

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