Anybody can claim his routine is a “high intensity” H.I.T. routine as long as he never takes an objective measurement of that intensity.
And especially if he uses “effort” as his scale. People are always very generous with themselves when they calculate the percentage of effort. “Oh, man, I really gave that 100%! That was intense!”
Was your effort 8% more intense than last Thursday when you did the same exercise? Or 3% less intense?
Case In Point
I heard a funny story from one of my customers this week. I’ll call him Tom.
Tom shows up at the gym on the busiest day he’s seen all year. So he has to wait for a power rack to come available.
Two racks near him are being used by guys aged 20-something to do 95 lb and 135 lb squats. One of them asks Tom if he’d like to join in and do a set.
The thing is, Tom is ten years older than these guys but he’s doing a special routine of mine that involves strongest-range partials done in a unique compound way. And he uses waaaayyyyy more weight than these younger guys use.
Tom told me he didn’t want to mention any of that and end up “starting a fight with bro scientists.” 🤣 🤣
So he told them he was doing a research project and needed exact numbers and time.
Then he had to wait a long time to work alone.
The ‘lightest’ weight Tom uses is 350 lbs, the heaviest is four digits. He does three special exercises that last one minute each.
In those three minutes Tom hoisted a total weight of:
369,620 lbs = 184.8 tons = 108.7 Chevy Malibu’s
How “high” was his High Intensity Training? How about 36 Chevy Malibu’s PER MINUTE for three minutes of effort?
And next time it better be 37 cars per minute or it will mean he isn’t fully recovered and making progress.
This was his 14th workout and his “light exercise” Power Factor graph of lbs/min looks like this:
Yes, 60,000 lbs lifted in one minute on his "lightest" exercise.
I’m sure those younger guys all patted themselves on the back for their 100% effort and their high intensity workouts doing a dozen or so squats with 95 and 135 lbs.
But those poor saps have no idea what they are really capable of because they’ve believed the common training lies so long they now defend them with conviction.
That part isn’t funny.