Number one is a series about what clients have to say about their workouts.
Sam understands high intensity training (HIT). He had trained briefly on the West Coast with Mike Mentzer, a body building superstar and one of the early advocates of HIT. Sam was a Marine. Dash that; Sam is a Marine. As he said, "Once a Marine, always a Marine".
Sam has a complete gym set up in his home. He was in good shape, so I skipped a few grades and did a more advanced workout for our initial session. It was a very difficult workout. At the end of the session he was breathing like a beached catfish (attribution to Mike). I asked him what he thought of the workout. He said, "@#%& incredible".
Not really, what was incredible happened later on as the year progressed. About a year earlier and with 90 pounds less weight on the leg press the exercise was very demanding for Sam, almost not doable. Now with the leg press 90 pound heavier as he was nearing the end of the set I told him, "Just one more", as I was walking to the next exercise machine. I turned around and he was still going. He continued on for 40 more seconds - 40 seconds longer than his previous best time.
The body when exposed to more than it can handle makes a positive adaption as a form of self-protection. That self protection comes in the form of increased muscle and strength. For Sam short intense workouts will plenty of time for recovery in between session is a formula for ongoing improvement.
Significant strength increases occur exercising as little as once or twice a week, IF it's the right exercise program with the right trainer. The fitness trainers at Kelly's Austin Personal Training and at New Orleans Ultimate Fitness Trainers can guide you through a personal training program that will enable you to get more out of less time exercising and keep improving.