Hard Training is Overrated
Work smart, not hard. Be persistent, but don’t put too much faith in the concept of “No pain, no gain.” This holds true in the business world, the athletic field, and when trying to lose weight. Getting ahead in whatever you do pretty much always requires research, strategizing, planning, and consistent implementation.
In some circumstances you can train hard and become a winner on the athletic field. This is especially true if you are young, and have a good coach. In such cases it is hard to overtrain since your body can recover quickly from just about anything you throw at it. And the research, strategizing, and planning are being done by a coach.
But in most circumstances training hard will cause you to take excessive amounts of recovery time, or worse, injury. This is especially true if you are no longer young. Your body does not recover quickly from higher intensity activity, and while you are resting you will tend to want to eat more than you should. Thus you get fat. Coaches don’t know how to advise you in your athletic pursuits because the training plan is much more complex than train hard, eat a lot, and get plenty of sleep. So you have to do your own research, strategize, plan, and be consistent in the implementation of your plan.
So do you do long low intensity workouts as the staple of your training plan? It would be difficult to classify this as “hard training.” Do you do short high intensity workouts as the staple of your training? This would be easy to classify as “hard training,” but how much of this can you do before you overtrain or injure yourself? There’s also the option of doing mostly moderate intensity workouts that are not long, but also not short. But what value to these workouts provide you? And can they be considered “hard training?”
Probably the best way to workout, especially if you are not so young, is to combine a mixture of low intensity, moderate intensity, and high intensity activities into a training plan. But just about any reasonable mix of the three intensities will only include at tops 20% of high intensity activities. Can such plans be considered “training hard? I think not.