When it comes to training there is so many roads you can take to reach a goal. I have seen hundreds of ads on the best way to shed fat to the muscle building programs that guarantees 10 pounds of muscle in 6 weeks. All these programs are tempting but what needs to be understand is everyone person is different. Every goal is different and how your body adapts to these programs will be different, so what may work for you may not work for someone else.
I remember when I first started lifting weights in 1999 I had a vision and goal to get as big as I possible could. I figured the bigger I got the stronger I would get the harder I would throw. I lifted 6 days a week and was on a mission to gain as much size as possible. There was only one problem I was a baseball player and too add to that I was a pitcher. Getting as big as possible isn’t necessarily the right formula to throw harder and improve on the quantity of skills I was trying to perfect on the mound. I did not start to grasp this until 2008 when I was side lined for the whole season due to serve ulnar issues because I over trained.
When I was side lined I searched for answers and it lead to my first mentor Bobby Aldridge and I still will remember to this day what he told me, “it is not how much you can lift or how many days you lift, but the appropriate amount of sets and repetitions based on the environment you lived in”. I actually need to lift heavier with less repetitions and focus more on my movement awareness and my ability to transfer force from the mound to home plate. We focused on creating a better environment of sleep, strength and mobility and less on how much time I spent in the gym. It did not matter how much I deadlifted or how much I could squat but what was the right amount that would transfer over for me to pitch at the highest level.
To learn more about how training is customized based on the individual and the environment they live in check out my article on breaking muscle on Gap Threshold Training.