The beginning of HIT. High Intensity Training
I do have a chuckle every time I hear someone talking about high intensity training as a ‘new’ concept!
As you will read below, the concept of HIT has been around for a long time. I’m particularly interested as I aim to build lots of lean, metabolically active tissue in my clients as it’s THE best way to burn all their unwanted fat fast!
The Colorado Experiment was a bodybuilding experiment run by Arthur Jones using Nautilus equipment at the Colorado State University in May 1973.
It is of interest due to its claims that incredible results can be achieved with a small number of sessions using single sets of high intensity repetitions to momentary muscle failure focusing on negative or lowering multi-joint exercises. The first subject, Casey Viator, was said to have gained 63 pounds of muscle in 28 days and the second, Arthur Jones, gained 15 pounds in 22 days.
These claims are considered controversial because it was only performed with two subjects who were not “average,” but regaining pre-existing muscle mass.
The results of the experiment do not appear to have been repeated in a scientific study.
In the next part we’ll look at the West Point Experiment by Arthur Jones in Colorado which set out to prove HIT in a bigger group of subjects.