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Started By Equalizer (Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.)

Started on: 3/27/2005 3:36:40 AM, viewed 784 times
Arthur Jones on Training Frequency

Arthur Jones wrote a series of articles in Ironman Magazine in the mid 90′s and I could remember in one of them he talked about frequency but I couldn′t find that particular issue and couldn′t remember exactly what it was but them I finally came acrossed it.

Here is a quote: "By 1970 I clearly understood that the best results from exercise were usually produced by only one set of each exercise. In 1986 I learned that only two weekly workouts were usually better than three weekly workouts. Now, 10 years later, in 1996, I know that one weekly workout is required by most subjects, and that some people do better with a schedule of only one workout every two weeks, and that a few people do best on a schedule of one workout every three weeks."

Arthur Jones, Ironman Magazine, June 1996

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sacredsystem (NY, NY, USA) on 3/27/2005 6:26:11 AM


It took me a while to understand and even believe that one set to failure and infrequent workouts was the way to go. Bottom line, quality of workouts is much better than quantity. If people just used common sense, and learned to be in tune with their bodies, heavy duty would be more evident to more people.

KR0ME (London, S, England) on 3/27/2005 6:38:25 AM

There you go even Arthur Jones realised after ten years that the BEST application of HIT is to train one set per exercise and that the body needs from 7 – 14 days to fully recover and grow new tissue.

That happens to be exactly what Mike found to be the best based on all his clients. I have not doupt that this is the perfect application of HIT for everyone. Of course everyone needs to adjust volume and frequency to suit them, but saying that I believe that deviating from the fundamentals like ONE set per exercise and training more then once a week is counter productive.

B-WINE (Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands) on 3/27/2005 6:42:57 AM

Can you imagine that – people training just once every 1-3 weeks AND buying no expensive food supplements (except maybe some good vitamins, minerals and creatine), gym clothes and crappy muscle magazines anymore?

I don′t think it will ever happen, because there′s just TOO much damn money involved… Just ask ′Uncle Joe Weider′.

dafortae (a, a, U.S.A.) on 3/27/2005 8:54:07 AM

Yep. The only exception to this rule that Arthur found was that SOME subjects (rare cases) were mostly slow twitch, and would do better with 2-3 workouts per week. But this was SLOW TWITCH people and it was very RARE according to his findings. So even SLOW TWITCH people would be working out less than the majority of people out there!!!

The fast twitch people were the ones working out once every 2-3 weeks most of the time from my understanding.


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