As you may know, High Intensity Training (HIT), made popular by the noted pro-bodybuilder Mike Mentzer, has been all the rage for the past two decades or so, as the way to build more muscle mass in less time.
And for good reason. Certainly doing weight-training exercises that are “high intensity” is far better than doing exercises that are low or moderate-range intensity, for the purpose of building muscle. And that’s especially true if your goal is to build “more muscle in less time”.
But as good as High Intensity Training (HIT) is, it doesn’t go far enough. And that’s because if you really want to build maximum muscle, especially “maximum muscle in minimum time”, you obviously need more than just high intensity training; you need Maximum Intensity Training (MIT)!
Why High Intensity Training (HIT) Isn’t Enough for Maximum Muscle Growth
If you’re not familiar with the crucial role that intensity plays in the process of muscle growth stimulation, you might be wondering why Maximum Intensity Training (MIT) would be better than High Intensity Training (HIT), for the purpose of building muscle. The answer lies in that powerful little word intensity, which is the #1 key to muscle growth stimulation.
As we’ve known for many years, in order to get a muscle to grow, you need to subject the muscle to a higher level of intensity than what it’s currently accustomed to. This triggers a process in the central nervous system (CNS) that causes the muscle to gradually grow bigger and stronger, in order to adapt to that higher level of intensity. And the higher the intensity of the exercise, the greater the muscle growth is likely to be. That’s why High Intensity Training (HIT) is more effective for muscle growth than are low to moderate intensity training.
So wouldn’t you think that Maximum Intensity Training (MIT) be even more effective than High Intensity Training (HIT), for that purpose? Of course; and you’d be right! In fact, Maximum Intensity Training (MIT) is the only way you can build maximum muscle, especially “maximum muscle in minimum time”, from any weight training exercise that you do.
So while High Intensity Training (HIT) does indeed give you “better results in less time” than you’d get from low 0r moderate intensity training, Maximum Intensity Training (MIT) goes all the way, and gives you maximum results in minimum time.
And now that we finally know what intensity actually is, as it relates to strength-training, weight-training and muscle growth stimulation, you can easily apply that definition for intensity to any strength-training exercise that you do. And that means you can indeed achieve maximum intensity, and thus build “maximum muscle in minimum time” from that exercise.
And since intensity is inversely proportional to duration (the higher the intensity of an exercise, the lower the duration has to be) you can accomplish that goal simply doing exercises that last only 1-6 seconds each!