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    4 2 4 HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING (HIT)

    Sorry to start off with beginner jargon but it gets better!

    A normal body building lift is centered on volume reps and lifting heavy weights determined by what your maximum one rep weight limit is. Let's use bench press as an example. If you can MW (Max Weight) bench press 200 lbs. for one rep that is your 1MR (Max Rep) limit. MW is not to be confused with PR (Personal Record) lifts that happen every now and then on really strong days and are freak 110% or more lifts. We all have occasional "Super Man"? days, normally when we least expect it!

    Typical traditional Body Building: We attempt to increase size and strength by lifting heavier weights and or more reps. When you can bench 225lbs. for 1 you know you have made progress over your 200lb bench? Duh! Not a rocket science approach. And in the beginning this and almost anything will create improvement that is seen, felt and even complemented on. But then one day... the deadly PLATEAU hits! The party is over.

    No matter what you do to increase your lifting volume and MW MR lifts it just is not happening and a PR is a distant dream: in fact you begin to feel sick and weak and lose size and strength. Yep...over training has struck again. WE ALL HAVE DONE IT!!! Your body says NO but your mind says GO so you persevere with true grit and increase cardio and force more reps, slam more food, vitamins and protein powder to try and get over the sticking point. Nope...it does not work and you become very depressed, sick at heart and your body responds negatively to it all with pain, fatigue and flu like symptoms (body builder flu). You did your very best and it was not good enough. You are defeated by your own good intentions. Striped of your ranking and lost to the greatness you aspired to. You go back to the worm pile from which you came.

    Soon you find yourself saying: "Ya... I use to work out and looked a lot like you do? (talking to a currently active Body Builder.) We all talk to guys that will say this: "I use to work out" and many if not most of us have gone through this more than once! IDIOTS! Ya, that includes me! Sadly the people with the greatest will and heart to succeed will fall to chronic over training and fail completely at the sport of Body Building. If only they had known what this paper is about! This information literally saved my life (another story.)

    MY INTERPRETATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIT

    In conventional normally accepted Body Building standards: The idea is to exhaust the muscle to failure. So in normal accepted tradition let's say we do bench @ 150lbs for 6 reps (we are still the 200lb MW guy). We know the last rep is the one we need to concentrate on. The last forced rep is the rep that will create enough strain on the muscle to force growth and strength. "Normally" we work to achieve as close to our max weight MW as possible in this example hoping to get 200lbs for one or more reps. The point is that in normal body building we are working as close as possible to our MR range in all lifts for all body parts and this normally involves ballistic momentum, jerking and bouncing or spotter help to get that last rep. This puts a tremendous strain on everything including your nervous system which includes your recovery system. How much is really going to the growth machinery? Let's say you do 6 sets with various weight to get to the last rep. That is 6 "working" reps you got out of your work out for growth and the rest simply exhausted and fatigued our entire body and nervous system.

    HIT involves lighter weight lifts and sets for reps ranging from 3 to 12 (not including high rep warm up warm down sets should you desire which I think are a waste of time with HIT.)

    The point here is that we ?normally? throw away the first reps seeking that last rep for growth. And what happens on that last lift? It becomes tremendously slow and tedious to the point of not making the lift or needing a spotter to help you lift it. Some will go on to negative lifts with help on the positive side of the lift then you control the negative side so you got half a lift not a whole lift. Or you may do a drop set where weight is stripped off and the reps continue to failure and intensive fatigue (see the over training coming?) So in the ?normal? lift the reps become progressively slower until they come to a complete failure and stop. Did you run out of muscle strength or did you completely exhaust every part of your body? Extreme exhaustion compounded with muscle damage damages everything to the point of nervous system brake down. You don?t need rest and recovery any more?you need a hospital!

    So damaged beyond repair is our goal to create more strength and size? We believe damaging our body to be the answer to a bigger stronger body? The more damage done the bigger we will get. Right? We wanted to turn on the growth machinery but instead we have turned on emergency over load recovery and the body reacts with negative chemicals to make you stop doing what you are doing to it. It can?t tell if you worked out or got hit by a bus. It is reacting to injury not stimulus. Attempting to grow is a joke because everything is going to recovery and mending your ?in shock? nervous system.
    In Truth: We not only want to isolate muscle in our work outs but we want to isolate our nervous system also and do as little damage as possible to it so it can think about building stronger muscle in reaction to stimulus instead of working to get over the shock of being hit by a bus.

    How about more body growth stimulation with much less nervous system damage using half your MR MW weight with less than half your normal sets but accumulating 2 or 3 times the ?Time Under Load? (TUL)? Better read that again. AND?you feel good all the time?not totally drained and fatigued! Impossible?Right!

    HIT STARTS WHERE NORMAL SETS STOP

    In 4 2 4 High Intensity Training (HIT) every rep is performed as a ?failed? rep. You start your set as you would end a normally practiced body building set. In other words HIT starts where normally accepted training finishes. You preform each and every rep of ever set in an exact copy of each other to simulate a failed rep. That slow almost failed last rep in normal lifts is how you preform your first and every rep in HIT. A slow 4 second down (negative) a 2 second pause with intense contraction and a slow controlled 4 second positive.

    Let?s do the math. You do a 10 rep set at the normal speed of about one second up, one second down. 2sec. x 10rp = 20 TUL. In 4 2 4 that is 10sec x 10rp = 100 TUL. Let?s say you do 10 sets: 10sets x 20sec = 200 TUL. 4 2 4: 10 x 100 = 1000 TUL. Get the picture. You ain?t gonna do 10 HIT 4 2 4 sets! You will be lucky to do 3 or 4 if done to perfect HIT standards. 2 HIT sets gives you 10 normal TUL seconds. So 4 HIT sets doubles your normal workout.

    The advantages??to many to list in this short paper. I think you are getting the message or I hope so. All the bad is cut in half and all the good is doubled.
    The greatest single advantage in HIT lifting is that you use about half as much weight as you normally would (less chance of injury) and exhaust yourself about half as much as normal training demands. So what does this mean? Your nervous system and recovery time are greatly improved allowing for optimum growth with minimal effort. Now who does not want more for less?

    Volume vs. Intensity

    Half the weight you say? Actually you start HIT with about 25% of your Max weight. This form of lifting will be completely foreign to anyone already accustom to body building. It is embracing when preformed in public (I know) and a strong ego is necessary in the beginning until a person realizes that HIT is truly a miracle for growth stimulation. Who says so? Arthur Jones the originator of HIT and Mike Menzer the perfecter of HIT, Dorian Yates (Mr. O) and the second place 2013 Mr. Olympia Kia Green to name just a very few and me?so you are in good company. Let the geeks squawk, talk and laugh at the big idiot with 20 inch arms playing with baby weights! (You may have witnessed this at one time but did not understand?)

    Quick Nuts and Bolts: One working set?are you crazy!!! One set?!?!?

    In our 200lb max bench scenario: this person would set up with 50lb for a ?warm up? (however there is no warm up or warm down in HIT). You are not doing warm up (even though that is going to happen) you are ?training? yourself for your ?working set?. It is CRITICAL to remember this is ?INTENSITY? not volume training. If you lose your concentration you lose the growth effects. So each rep of each set is performed with perfect precision and form each a perfect copy of each other?hence the reason for the light weight for perfect static control. (Personal note: I invented the ?hydraulic? lift method in 1980 (I still have the tape I made for beginners as proof) where I envisioned myself as a hydraulic press machine?perfect speed up and down with NO FORCE OR MOMENTUM.) Note: If you can use heavier weights in perfect form?go for it! I?m always up for a laugh!

    So?the ?monster? 50lb bench press goes down in 4 full seconds and back up for a full 4 seconds with a 2 min ?STRAINED CONTRACTION? at the top?repeat for 10 or 12 reps (I like to do 2 seconds at top and bottom). THEN: With no more than 30 seconds (less is better here also) you go to 40 or 50% MW or around 75 or 100lbs and repeat, do not worry about failure just do clean reps?THEN: Take a breath or two but try to not go over 60 seconds and at this point you do your ?working set? with a weight around half your MW looking for 6 to 8 SUPER CLEAN PERFECT HIT REPS to failure. If you hit 10 reps stop and do the last set again with a bit more weight that will cause failure. A spotter is OK to get a few forced reps but cheating is a waste of time and energy. This is a guide line?not a law. So play with it but NEVER give up your form for ballistic momentum lifts. Take the weight back down if you start to cheat and start the set over (that is the HIT law!) You want the last set a few reps short because it will help you judge your next work out for gains. If you hit 10 then you add weight to fail again and so on?forever?

    EVERY MUSCLE CAN BE DONE IN 2 TO 5 ?STATIC HIT? SETS.

    Some muscles take more some less training and I won?t go into that here. This is an example to begin with and can be modified as you learn more about your ability to do HIT sets and the poundage?s you can perfectly preform them with. CONCENTRATION and INTENSITY will be key to not fall back into the old mode of fast or ballistic style lifting and trust me?you will be fighting the urge to ballistic the last lift like crazy! DON?T DO IT!!! I mean?if you want to do both OK?but learn to do HIT perfect then go back to weight "slinging" if you want. I believe after you learn HIT you will not go back to the old way and will see all the wasted efforts going on all around you in the gym. It is sad really? Mike was Dorian?s trainer and Dorian once said: ?We are like beacons shining in the night and not one person sees us?no one gets it!? So trust me?if you even read this article you are one of the very few to take a real interest in HIT!!!

    Bottom line: This work out is helpful in preventing over training but CAN also over train you. If you are like me, you can?t stay out of the gym so working out a schedule is kinda tough for true addicts like me and probably you! I will try to post some work out programs in another post. STAY RESTED my friend!!!

    For more info you can go to the wonderful marvelous You Tube and look up Mike Menzer or Dorian Yates or Kia Green. There are work outs and seminar vids there and I have watched everyone! Thanks for reading and good luck with your HIT program should you decide to try it.

    MIKE MENZER:
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