Think and Grow Fit with HIT!

Fab Fit Over 40 recently had the chance to train with Markus Reinhardt at City Athletic Club in Las Vegas owned by Jea Jung.

MR-Ironman-March 2014

All we can say is WOW!

There is nothing more difficult than HIT Training.  Talk about putting both your body and mind to the ultimate test.

High Intensity Training (HIT) is the hardest, most intense, and focused type of weight training a person can perform!  An entire session lasts no longer than 30 minutes!! (And that’s with both of us training together)

The post HIT workout feeling is amazing.  It’s as if all the blood in your body is flowing into the muscles you’ve just trained.  In fact your metabolism is so jacked up, you feel a high/energy for hours after the session ends.

When you train in HIT fashion,  you are doing ONE SET TO FAILURE.  Every rep of every set must count.  You must focus on each repetition utilizing perfect form and lifting speed.  The mental fatigue produced in concentrating so intensely is something you have to get used to.  Once you learn to train consistently in HIT style, you understand the HOLY GRAIL to body transformation.

Nothing is more important to building a fabulously fit body than maximally contracting your muscle fibers.  Your body must become efficient at squeezing the target muscle for 2 seconds (working every cross sectional fiber) consistently, rep after rep to create an awesome physique.  If you can learn to do this on every set and every rep, you won’t believe how fast your appearance will change.

Most advanced trainees think they understand this already.  They really don’t.  That’s because ego and momentum stop most of them from ever reaching their goals.

Training in HIT fashion requires enormous self discipline and focus.  It’s why having a Master HIT Trainer to offer assistance is a must. One of the best HIT Master Trainers is Markus Reinhardt.

Markus was personally trained by Mike Mentzer himself.  Mentzer along with Arthur Jones were known as two of the original voices of HIT training. Mentzer wrote the seminal book Heavy Duty.  At the time it was written, it’s theories were in direct opposition to most established weight training principles and lore.   Sadly, they still are today due to so much confusion and different viewpoints regarding proper resistance training theories and beliefs.

Mike Mentzer and Markus Reinhardt

Markus is an incredible resource for his training strategies and understanding of exercise science.  He has been practicing HIT for over 15 years and is a master at not only teaching HIT principles but demonstrating them as well.  Markus is a stickler for getting the most of out every rep.  He will gently assist and or spot to make sure you learn to contract your muscle fibers to positive and sometimes even negative failure.

Even better, Markus specializes in working with all fitness levels.   So whether you’re a newbie or an advanced trainee, he can help.

Markus is available for online consultations and also puts on various camps year round to offer HIT instruction.

In the following videos, you can watch us train chest, biceps and triceps with Markus.

Notice the all out intensity and maximum effort required to make HIT training work. (Please excuse the conversation at times as performing this type of exercise is no joke).




Fab Fit Over 40 highly recommends the usage of HIT training and it’s various principles to improving your physique.  Consulting with Markus Reinhardt will only improve your results.

Your questions are always encouraged.    .

Be the BEST YOU at Any Age!

  • XCSkierBen

    This is spot on. The podcast that you and Mike did with Markus changed my whole training routine. I still listen to it from time to time for motivation. You are right about the workouts. They are incredible and leave your endocrine system screaming like a banshee. Then you feel great afterwards. Hours after every workout, I feel a general sense of calm. When I can, this is where I do my HIT.

    I believe this is where Markus spoke at when he was up here in Minneapolis. I think they are having another conference next year and I plan to attend the event. HIT is a game changer. Too bad it has not caught on here as much as it could. I can’t speak for most people, but a lot of individuals I run into think it’s pure bunk. Don’t know what to say to them. I tell them to go to DS for a free workout because the first one is on the house but they never seem to take me up on it. Hmmm?

    I have a question for Markus.

    Most of the time, I workout alone. (And it’s just not the same). How can I get the most benefit from working with HIT while working out alone? I am pretty disciplined and can push myself, but it is nothing like having a HIT Master trainer in front of you. I still think I can work harder.

    How can I get the most out of my workouts whilst working by myself?


    • Great Comment Ben. I will pass it onto Markus for you. The honest answer is you can’t simulate what an HIT Master trainer can do for you in person. What you can do is learn from the principles and apply it to your own training. Like super slow, full contraction on each and every rep. Focus on 4 second eccentrics and 1-2 second positives. Try to hammer one or two body parts per day in less than 20-30 minutes. Eliminate momentum and remove ego always. Focus on always trying to lift a bit more or get a rep or two more every workout. There is a lot more I could add, but I”ll save it for another blog.

      • XCSkierBen

        Thank you Jay!

  • T_G_S

    These videos are awesome. Thanks for filming them

    • T_G_S

      Love your site also as well the podcasts you do with Mike. Great work all around

    • Thank You! We appreciate. We’ll be doing more videos and podcasts in the future. Stay tuned!

  • Alex

    I am doing a specific routine from a site similar to Mike’s (can link if you want, avoiding it in case you hate that shit) which consists of 2 compounds and 2-4 supplementals each day. Typically it may be bench and squats with 4 supplementals of my choosing each day. I am incorporating HIT into the supplementals first. Would that look like say doing barbell bicep curls to the 1-2 second and 4 second cadence you have suggested, followed by hammer curls to the same cadence, followed by say a bicep machine with the same cadence just to hammer the bicep and really work the muscle fibers?

    As a secondary question does this increase risk of injury? What I have been told (I am fairly new to lifting so still forming opinions and trying stuff out) is that hammering certain body parts is necessary for bodybuilding but can lead to injuries quite easily. Would love your thoughts Jay. Alex.

    • Hi Alex. I have no problem with linking. We are all different. It sounds like you are a newbie to resistance training. At that stage, anything you do as long as consistent and controlled will produce results(as long as your nutrition is also dialed in). I don’t get into exercises, sets or reps very much. As you grow more experienced and knowledgeable in the physique game, you’ll realize (hopefully) growth and results are a product of maximal fiber contraction over time. Neurologically learning to contract muscle fibers to their fullest is a learned task. It doesn’t happen overnight. There are many limitations beyond physical to harness and control.

      You have it backwards actually. HIT should be incorporated into the compounds and supplementals. Performing HIT effectively will dramatically lower your work volume.

      If you look at our current workout-which is a bit different right now (I’ll update that section soon), we train 4-5 days a week and try to hammer a body part into oblivion (muscle soreness) only once a week. At my age 43, even on TRT I can only take 8-10 clean working sets per body part. My intensity is great and I’m in control of those other factors I mentioned to take my body to a limit of total failure-remember Big George’s recent article?

      Your second question doesn’t make sense to me. If you want to develop a physique you can be proud of-hammering body parts is the only way to go about that. Injuries only occur via momentum and poor form. Using too much weight and having incorrect technique is what causes injury. Doing ridiculous ballistic movements like Cross Fit and other silly nonsense also causes injury.

      Thanks for your questions. I hope I was able to answer them.

  • shanewwarren

    Thank you so much for videos Jay. As somebody who has had a labral tear in one shoulder, and a dislocation recently in the other, I was really discouraged when researching different workout plans. Most of them involved extremely heavy barbell lifts such as bench press and/or military press for instance. Both of these exercises make me nervous, as I don’t want to risk further injury.

    This is why I was so drawn to HIT training. Although, I think I still may not have the intensity right to really squeeze out ONE solid set, I love the fact that it is safe, controlled, and still incredibly tough.

    Thanks for producing such a high quality blog!

    • Thank You Brother! Spread the word. We appreciate your readership and support.

  • Bullseye

    Jay, the videos are very good and professional. Thanks for posting them.

  • Tom Tunstall

    Hey Jay, love the videos you are doing about HIT training. The sessions you are doing with Markus have really inspired me in my own HIT program . I am a former Mentzer client and appreciate seeing the craft being brought to a whole new era in fitness. I had the chance to have Mike and Ray both take me through a HIT session at Golds Gym just six months prior to their untimely deaths. It was an incredible experience being put through the ringer by two of the Masters of HIT. Keep up the great work you are doing to bring science and common sense to the industry.