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From the desk of Mr. Intensity
For decades the dominating belief throughout bodybuilding has been that in order to build an outstanding physique you must spend hours in the gym performing a high volume of workload and do so 5-7 days per week.
Despite the vast amount of scientific research and empirical evidence many bodybuilders today still believe that the marathon workouts of yesteryear are the only road to success. Many view this manner training as a "rite of passage" and as a part of their identity as a bodybuilder. It shows dedication beyond the common lifter and makes them "Bodybuilder".
...I know differently.
I have personally trained hundreds of male and female bodybuilders who have found, and continue to find, success by adhering to the tenants of High Intensity Training...BRIEF, INTENSE, and INFREQUENT.
Sadly, in the world of bodybuilding H.I.T. methodology is often met with skepticism, disbelief and sometimes hostility (just go on any bodybuilding discussion board and mention H.I.T. and see what happens). People find it difficult to believe that muscle can be forged with only 2-3 workouts each week most of which lasting only 30 minutes on average. Add to the equation that only one or two sets are being performed for each exercise and most will say you can't build an appreciable amount of muscle that way.
...I have proof that you can.
Not only that, you can build a physique worthy of being a bodybuilding champion and build it even faster with High Intensity Training than with traditional training methods.
After over 30 years of trail and error testing of every workout routine that has ever come down the pike, I have seleced out only the ones that give the best results time and time again.
Now, for the first time ever I am ready to level the playing by giving you all these jealously guarded secret workout routines!
These different types of high intensity sets will help you achieve your maximum potential in muscle mass faster than you ever thought possible.
A superset is basically the performance of two exercises, carried out one right after the other, for exercises which work certain muscle areas. The possible variations of this method are endless, however. There are several advantages to supersets such as increased workout intensity, elevated cardiovascular efficiency, reduced workout times and less chance of boredom whilst training. Unfortunately there is the factor of overtraining and possible injury if muscles are not warmed up.
Trisets are - you guessed it - three exercises done one after the other without stopping. Take a minute's rest and start again for three sets. Most muscle groups can be worked from at least three angles, so this is a very workable technique. Trisets can be used in two ways; working three angles of a muscle area or working the same angle three ways. For example you could work the overall back with a set of wide-grip chins, followed by seated cable rows and prone hyperextensions. Or specifically target the back thickness with T-bar rows followed by seated cable rows and medium-grip chins for three complete sets. Working the same angle is more intense and depleting. Keep the time spent changing exercises to a minimum and choose your exercises wisely.
This involves performing four or more exercises for a muscle group without stopping. The exercises are completed consecutively, followed by a 2-minute break, and so on for three complete rounds. This technique is very intense and can quickly lead to overtraining so use it wisely.
This is a well-known and popular technique, and takes your training to the limit. Let's make an example with the overhead press. Take a barbell loaded with three plates on each side and perform 4-5 reps. Without racking the weight, have a pair of spotters quickly remove a plate from each side (about 25%) and carry on until you can't do any more reps. Immediately have two more plates removed (another 25%) and keep going until you fail in this last set. This is a very concentrated method so don't attempt to do too much. Using resistance machines for triple-drop sets is practical because you only need to move the pin to adjust the weight.
One of the most exciting and effective techniques for singling out an area, this technique offers complete isolation of a muscle. Let's imagine you are having trouble hitting the triceps. First work them with an exercise that isolates the triceps, like the triceps pulley pressdown, and then immediately perform the close grip bench press. The triceps will be fatigued from the pulley pressdowns - putting them through the close-grip bench presses will really hit them because the chest (pecs) will be stronger and force them to continue. This method really works.
Rest Pause Sets
If you are not an experienced and advanced bodybuilder, don't try this technique just yet. It is extremely intense and results are dramatic. Using your one-rep limit weight, perform one rep and then pause for 15 seconds, racking the weight. After the pause, do another rep and pause 15 seconds. If the weight is too much, reduce it a little. Continue for 6-8 reps. You can use this method for most exercises, but it is more efficient in compound exercises.