Hi all, this post is to challenge much of the wisdom circulating out there which claims "less is more" where exercise is concerned. The claim is that periods of resistance training that follow conventional protocols are preferable where lifespan and quality of life are concerned and that the party line of many PALEOs that it should be limited to only a few times per week is mythical if not for all, then for most people.
Ivan Abadjiev, coach of the Bulgarian Olympic Weightlifting team had prescribed multiple sessions per day for his lifters limitint them to under 1 hour each, on the assumption that this time-frame optimizes testosterone secretion and strength development. I would agree-would you? In hypertrophy terms this also seems true, steroids or no, that multiple sessions are preferable when kept within these limits, if not many per day then many more per week than the three or even two or less sessions many contend is best. In terms of CNS output and activation these protocols of Abadjiev also enhance rather than inhibit. Circulation improves, brain function, respiration, muscle tonus and electrical exitation. These are surely indices of health? As to rest and recuperation, the term 'active' appears more significant in light of higher volume/intensity training than the stronglifts or similar commercialized variants: Abadjiev incorporated in the lifter's meso- and macrocycles lighter periods of reduced volume to maintain neuromuscular efficiency and prevent deconditioning while enabling recuperation. I agree this works--do you? Currently I have been doing an AM/PM daily split following a 6x6 routine on a 3-day cycle using mainly compound exercises. I would like to know if people out there believe that this routine is best for testosterone secretion(the fount of youth many would claim), longevity and functional fitness in daily life. Also, I am on a VLC diet and have never felt better. In the past I used to follow a 3-3.5 days per week training schedule doing 1 hour workouts per time and was in much worse condition(I also consumed many more low G.I carbs in regular intervals throughout the day as many bodybuilders do). I would like people to provide reasons why this routine is undesirable given the practitioner's liking for weight-training and not having a desire to avoid the gym. All feedback is appreciated.