I always figured the harder ya work, the better your results.
And that works incredibly well with strength training… for about 6-8 weeks.
Then you’re fried. Overtrained. Joints are aching. Sleep goes to shit. You’re tired but wired. Anxious. Irritable. In a bad mood. Sex drive drops. Can’t get stronger anymore. Weights feel heavy as f*ck.
Why does that always happen?
Because the body ain’t designed for that kind of pummeling on a regular basis. No sports practices are conducted with such balls to the wall intensity. You always leave a little in the tank.
When a pitcher starts losing speed or control they take him out of the game.
He doesn’t stay in until he’s throwing it into the dugout. Or with the speed of a little leaguer.
You wanna go hard while staying fresh. There’s a delicate balance.
Years ago, when I’d hit a wall and was stuck there for months, I hired a coach. He watched me train and looked at my program.
I was sure the volume wasn’t too high but couldn’t figure out what else it could be.
“It’s your intensity. You’re training way too hard. It’s gotta be submaximal if you want to make long term progress.”
That was the first time I’d heard of that concept. But it was an absolute game changer.
Since then I’ve implemented it with all my clients and shared with thousands of others online.
There’s a lot more to it, but I’ll leave it at that for today.
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