During nearly the first decade of my lifting career, we only did it one way – we lifted heavy weights. Plenty of rest between sets, and the goal was simply to get as strong as possible.
When you are used to doing things a certain way, and then you throw in one of these high-intensity, full-body, mixed-strength-and-conditioning-type sessions, it can turn your world upside down!!
I still remember my first REAL HIIT, “metabolic conditioning” – style workout. I did the workout with a training partner of mine at the time, and we knocked it out in less than 10 minutes.
I remember, how tough, how different, how AWESOME the workout was … how I was left literally lying on the floor afterwards, feeling a little sick to my stomach, having what they call “monkey claw” (it’s where your hands kind of curl up into balls, due to a fitigued grip) … but at the same time, thinking – that was amazing!!!
It’s weird, but for us crazy fitness people, it’s actually kind of common. These type of workouts can almost be kind of ADDICTING, in a way … but that can be a problem. Because you can end up getting away from basic, heavy, effective strength work – and that’s such an important part of your overall training routine.
See, you NEED to include some of this max strength work into your overall routine. You will not have the core, pre-requisite strength to perform your body weight/kettlebell/etc movements at a high intensity and with great form, if you don’t.
This can be a tough thing for me to get my training clients to understand. Many of them feel like they need to be “smoked” after every single workout. Like a day where you do basic, compound moves … and don’t feel like you’re going to be sick afterwards … is a waste of time or something. To make continued progress in your training, you must get this idea out of your head!
So … if you have been doing any kind of High Intensity Interval Training workouts regularly, and are seeing any of the following symptoms:
– loses in strength
– loses in hard earned muscle
– loses in overall physique results (gotten fatter, softer, etc)
– drop in overall performance
It could be a sign that you are “addicted” to HIIT! Click the link below to find out how to SOLVE your issues ASAP:
That’s it for now. Hope this story has hit home with you a bit, and has been a good reminder to take a close look at your training program, and how you’re structuring your workouts not only on a daily basis, but from an overall programming perspective.
Have a great day, train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, RKC II, PCC