Mike Mentzer Low Volume Training

Mike Mentzer - How Brief Frequent

How Brief is Brief Enough?

In the realm of fitness, determining the optimal exercise "dosage" is a crucial factor for achieving maximum gains. Renowned expert Mike Mentzer shed light on this matter, emphasizing the significance of the time off between workouts.

His approach was specific yet adaptable: start with 4-5 days between workouts, adding 1 or 2 days as progress plateaus. Astonishingly, this could eventually lead to a workout frequency of once every 10-12 days or even less.

Mentzer, acknowledged the critical balance between workout frequency and the necessity of keeping the stimulus brief. The challenge lies in finding the sweet spot - a duration brief enough to stimulate growth but not hinder the overall process.

While this may seem complex, Mentzer encouraged experimentation with days off and workout volume for personalized optimization.




In my quest for progress, I focused on one variable - the days off between workouts. Conducting experiments in a controlled environment, I adhered to a consistent diet, rest, and activity routine.

Employing an abbreviated total-body workout with three fixed exercises, I meticulously measured strength through rep counts and the time under load (T.U.L.) method.

The findings were enlightening. After testing various intervals, ranging from 2 to 26 days off, a clear pattern emerged. Surprisingly, taking fewer than 6 days off or more than 12 days off resulted in a decrease in strength.

The key, it seemed, was finding the right balance within the 6-12 day off range. Even within this optimal range, progress was incremental.

Understanding that volume was a crucial component, I embarked on further experimentation. Initially hesitant to reduce exercise further in my already abbreviated routine, logic prevailed, and I decided to test volume. Starting with the premise that one set was sufficient stimulus for growth, I crafted a minimalist routine:

- Workout 1: (1) set of pulldowns
- Workout 2: (1) set of incline presses
- Workout 3: (1) set of squats

Each workout was followed by 4 days off, later extended to 5 and eventually 6 days off. The results were remarkable.

After eight months of marginal gains, I experienced consistent strength increases in every workout for 2.5 months. This breakthrough was especially notable in the pulldowns, an exercise where I hadn't seen strength gains in two years.

The revelation challenged the notion that my days of strength increases were over, showcasing the power of thinking "outside the box" and objectively testing variables. Unfortunately, my progress was temporarily halted by health issues, but I am now back on the Super Consolidated Routine, eager to report further progress.

In conclusion, Mike Mentzer's teachings proved once again to be invaluable. The journey into personal experimentation not only reaffirmed his principles but also unearthed a potential key to unlocking new levels of strength and growth in Heavy Duty High Intensity Training. Stay tuned for more updates on this transformative fitness journey. 

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High Intensity Training Program


We realized that we only have so much energy to spare before we have to recharge our batteries.

We only have so much time to spend in the gym due to work, family, friends and responsibilities.

Knowing that time and energy are limited resources, it only makes sense to make the most of them, right?

That’s exactly what High Intensity Training does.

It is designed to reach the point where the maximum muscle growth can occur without ‘spilling over’ and wasting precious energy.

Energy that could be used to aid the recovery process.

That way each workout is short, intense.

Our High Intensity Training can be summed up thusly:

Low Volume

Heavy Weight

Adequate recovery

Train to Muscle Failure

This High Intensity Training is low volume but pushes your muscles to the absolute limit and beyond..