Volume Training – VT Training

What is Volume Training?

Volume training (or VT) is weight training with many sets per exercise and/or muscle group. VT can range from around 3-10 sets per exercise and around 10-40 sets per muscle group! The training frequency is normally higher than HIT training as well. (commonly 3-6 days a week for VT compared with around 2-4 days for HIT

How does VT Work?

VT advocates feel that the ‘one working set’ approach by HIT isn’t enough to stimulate strength or muscle gains for the intermediate or advanced trainees.

Volume Trainers use different training cycles specific to gains in a single department – Muscle mass, endurance, strength, power etc. Once the improvements in that department start to plateau, the cycle is changed (if done properly) to focus on improving something else. E.G. Going from a strength phase to a hypertrophy (muscle gain) phase.

What Does a Volume Training Pogram Consist of??

VT training programs vary wildly depending on what phase the trainee is in. It can vary from moderate intensity to low intensity. High repetitions to low repetitions. Amount of sets performed, amount of weight lifted…you get the point!

It is all dependant on what the user is specifically training for in that phase. Specific training phases can last from 4-12 weeks (A plateau is usually an indication that the training phase must be changed rather than a set time period). These phases are called mesocycles and all lead up to your long term goal which is called a macrocycle (so if you were training for the olympics, your 4 year training plan is the macrocycle and is broken down further into smaller stages – mesocycles)

HIT Training or VT Training?

volume trainingThis is the million dollar question. If you look in all of the bodybuilding magazines you will see volume training preached all day long and all of the sample programmes found inside these mags will be based around volume training. However, it mustn’t be forgotten that all of the professional bodybuilders who are recommending these workouts are on steroids which speeds up their recovery and therefore allows them to train more frequently and with more sets.

I personally feel it is much smarter and more effective for the average person to use HIT (or at least a toned down version of the pro bodybuilders workouts) because using too much volume can lead to overtraining and stagnation.

Many people (myself included) have even succesfully combined the two theories in their training. There are studies supporting both HIT and Volume. I have seen people achieve results with both types of programs so ultimately it will be your experience that will be the deciding factor as to what works best!!

Example Advocates of VT training

Arnold Schwarzenegger – Former IFBB Champion

Lee Haney – Former IFBB Champion

Pros of Volume Training

  • Periodization – it’s harder to plateau on VT training because you can keep changing the phases. Where as if you plateau on HIT it’s difficult to know where to go.
  • Variation – May be easier to stay motivated and stimulated due to the regular change of phases.
  • May work better for certain body types than HIT
  • Cons of VT Training

  • More likely to burn out and overtrain resulting in no progress (depends on the program and the trainee)
  • Normally not very time efficient
  • The frequency of training sessions is usually much greater than HIT
  • volume training altug kopIn conclusion I’m going to say the same thing I said for HIT. It’s up to you to try VT and form an opinion for yourself. Try it and find out if it works for you. There’s going to be a lot of trial and error for the first few months and even years before you actually find a suitable muscle building workout for you. Even then you’ll plateau and need to change things up!

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