High Intensity Training Versus Volume Training
These two methods of training have been the source of intense debate for quite some time now. No method has been
proven more effective than the other, so where does that leave you?
When trying to decide between these two styles there are a few important things you need to know.
For example, you should learn what actually constitutes high
intensity training and volume training, and how they differ.
You should also learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. Finally, you should understand how these methods
can be incorporated into a routine and the best way to do so.
Luckily, this article will discuss all of these important points and help you evaluate each method of training
in an unbiased manner.
The high intensity training method was born out of the high volume training method. High volume was
traditionally used by bodybuilders in the 70s and 80s and was usually composed of 35 or more sets per workout.
These works often took well over two hours to complete. People began questioning this method and searching
for alternatives. Eventually, they developed a new way of training – high intensity, lower-volume training. Both
methods are still popular in the bodybuilding world and not surprisingly, they both have their disadvantages and
Volume is referred to as the amount of sets performed while intensity is defined as how much weight is lifted.
High intensity training allows you to lift more each set, but only perform a few sets. High volume decreases the
amount of weight you lift, but allows you to lift longer and for more sets.
Extreme proponents of high intensity training believed that one should perform only one set to failure for each
exercise. While this may seem like a good way to train at first (because energy is high and therefore you can
perform with the highest level of intensity), it will not work for everyone.
High intensity training is great for those who want to switch up their workout and lower their total amount of
sets per workout. It doesn’t, however, allow the lifter to adequately work both fast and slow twitch muscle
Conversely, volume training is great for those who want to completely deplete their muscles and work them to
total failure. High volume also allows beginners to spend more time developing their technique. Just like high
intensity training, this method has its disadvantages. The first being overtraining – because when you’re
performing over 30 sets per workout you dramatically increase your chance of overtraining.
So which method is the best? I think its safe to say that neither method can be said to be better than the other
one. They both have their pros and cons and they both can help individuals reach their goals. I think it is
important to be able to recognize which one will work the best for you and experiment with it.
There is no sense limiting yourself to one method or the other, as both can help you during different points in
your lifting career. Hopefully this article has helped you understand the difference between these two methods and
shown that both have value in the bodybuilding world.
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