Q: What do you do when progression halts?
A: IT WILL! Training lifts will eventually start to go backwards as you enter into the "dark times". When you are so sore and fatigued that you cant even imagine lifting weights. This time is CRUCIAL to training. You MUST persevere and continue to train! Eventually your lifts will begin to improve and you will make progress and PR's while in a totally fatigued state. When you can make progress when feeling like this, this is when you are going somewhere.
To quote Antonio:"the day will never come when you can't lift the bar"
To quote my first coach:" If you wait til you feel good with no aches or pains to train, you will never be here"
Q: Basically, could you give us some more insight into your training protocols?
A: Train til you can't walk, eat, sleep, repeat.
Q: Has overtraining ever occured? And if so what did you do (let them do)? If not, what would you do if it happened?
A: This is a tough one to swallow for most... THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS OVERTRAINING!!! if you can't do something you are not in good enough shape. Here is a story:
IF you got a job as a garbage man (or run a jackhammer, or some other physically demanding job) and had to pick up heavy cans all day long, I'm sure the first day would be very difficult - possibly almost impossible for some to complete so what do you do? take 3 days off and possibly lose your job? NO! you would take your sore, beaten self to work the next day. You would mope around and be fatigued - much less energetic than the previous day, but you would make yourself get through it. Get home, soak in the tub, take aspirin, etc. The next day would be worse..etc. etc. Eventually you will be running down the street tossing cans around and joking with your coworkers. How did this happen? You forced your body to adapt to the job at hand! IF you cant' squat everyday, lift heavy everyday then you are not OVERTRAINED, you are UNDERTRAINED!
Q: Doesnt that kind of do or die training attitude destroy body faster same like heavy physical work. I mean if you dont compete but you want to still lift when you ar 60 just because you like it and you are addicted to training.
A: It does break the body down faster but that is the whole concept. When you smash yourself your body responds by getting stronger and adapting to the work/volume/intensity. I have been around others who lived this training philosophy and are older now. They are fully functional and in good shape (or in as good as shape as they choose to be - not limited by any body limitations, only desire)
While the muscle fiber is the basic unit of contraction, without its intricate link to the nervous system, coordinated movement could not occur. The central nervous system is linked to muscle fibers by way of motor neurons. These neurons vary in size and innervate varying numbers of muscle fibers depending on fiber-type and muscle function. Slow-twitch fibers are innervated by smaller motor neurons. Fast-twitch fibers are innervated by larger motor neurons. In terms of speed and magnitude of conduction, think of the motor neurons for type I fibers as drinking straws and those of type II fibers as fire hoses.
The number of fibers innervated by a single neuron depends on the muscle and its function . . . The term motor unit is used to describe a motor neuron and all the fibers it innervates, and the neuromuscular system is the functional integrated whole of the body's nerves and muscles. The motor unit is the basic functional unit of the neuromuscular system, since muscle fibers fire only within motor units and never individually. Heavy, high-velocity training over time improves recruitment, defined as the quantity of motor units in the muscle actually generating force during contraction. A higher percentage of recruited motor units means more force and more power. Average novice trainees can recruit around 70% of their available motor units on the day they start training. Intermediates have increased their neuromuscular ability to recruit motor units and generate force, and by the time they become advanced trainees they may be able to recruit in excess of 95% of the available motor units. Neuromuscular improvement is one of the main reasons strength and power can be gained in the absence of muscle-mass increases.
--Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore, Practical Programming
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