By all means, pack on as much muscle as possible but the days of using bulking as a valid excuse to become a fat mess are over and done with. Time and time again they’ve been taught that consistent heavy lifting will cause them to overtrain.No one could [intelligently] argue against the importance of progressively increasing bodyweight through the addition of muscle mass, bone density, and even controlled amounts of fat. While many coaches and keyboard warriors relish the opportunity to tell of the perils associated with CNS fatigue, the reality is most people never come anywhere close to being overtrained. Largely based on rough observations and subsequent folklore, many in the fitness industry have come to believe heavy lifting automatically leads to CNS fatigue. We’ve all heard of the placebo effect and understand something as benign as a sugar pill can drastically change our perception of pain, discomfort, and fatigue so long as we believe it will.Powerlifting, while subject to less of the mainstream B.In essence, this guy spent years getting as big as possible in order to lift heavier weight but, when it mattered most, his weight kept him from lifting. To be clear, I’m not implying that all weight gain is bad– that would be ridiculous. The terms CNS fatigue and overtraining have been tossed around for years without the slightest inkling as to what they truly mean. To dig a little deeper, what if this myth led you to believe that you’ve been overtrained even when you were perfectly fine…or perhaps just a bit tired?Sure, you might be tired and fatigued but that doesn’t mean you’re overtrained…it just means you lifted heavy weight and need to eat, sleep, and recover. Psychological state and emotional arousal strongly correlate to CNS fatigue so pay attention because this section is a twofer. You know, the guy who snorts an ammonia cap, screams, gets slapped in the face, and slams his head into the wall before every attempt…even the warm-ups. It was there, of all places, that I learned the importance of zen lifting and keeping psychological and emotional arousal to a minimum.He was so slow in getting to the rack that by the time he arrived it was well past his turn.They’ve been told that Squatting and Deadlifting on the same day will most assuredly result in CNS fatigue and inevitably destroy all of their progress.Be it the high priestess of charlatans, Tracy Anderson, spewing her downright insane - albeit comical – methodology or any of the infinite supplement companies promising extreme results in 30 days or less!
I am, however, saying that weight gain, regardless of composition, as quickly as possible for extended periods of time will wreak havoc on your health, training, and performance. Upon learning that I Squat and Deadlift on the same day (twice per week, mind you) most people look at me, flabbergasted. In accordance, is it possible the onset of CNS fatigue (at least as common as it’s made out to be) is just a placebo? I believe most trainees experiencing symptoms of what they assume to be CNS fatigue are, for lack of a better phrase, making it up in their head.While keyboard warriors world-wide will undoubtedly rise up in arms over my claims, I guarantee the information here-in will not only enhance your overall knowledge but will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your ultimate strength potential. It doesn’t matter what the weight consists of (muscle or fat) nor how it’s gained…if you’re getting bigger you’re getting better. While many lifters still subscribe to this train of thought, it couldn’t be further from the truth.As a result, an unprecedented fear of CNS fatigue has taken over the powerlifting community.S., has its own set of equally ludicrous myths and, to be blunt, I’m sick of these fairy tales and the pure ignorance that sustains them.Keep in mind, I’m not implying overtraining doesn’t exist. I am, however, saying that Squatting and Deadlifting on the same day is not enough to put you in an overtrained state. I trained like that for a long time until I spent several months interning under Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell.