In the last couple posts, I discussed infrequent weight training to failure. This appears to be a way to minimize weight training time, and then make room for enjoyable physical activity. But why the dichotomy? Why is it assumed that running, bike riding, swimming, etc. can all be done in an enjoyable manner but that weight lifting cannot?
Some of the prescribed weight training routines I see are almost like a medical procedure. They are not designed for any enjoyment, and so inevitably a person just wants to get done and then move on to something else.
But it wasn't always this way. If you read about the old-school bodybuilders during Arnold's days, I think a lot of them really enjoyed weight lifting. Arnold himself was obviously built for weight lifting, and he seems to really enjoy it. I think a lot of the unique exercises and techniques he developed were from playing and experimenting with weights. If you truly enjoy something, then you have that intrinsic motivation to play around and find new ways of doing it.
If you strip away all the information about sets, reps, and intensity, then you have what is the core of weight lifting: moving objects. Picking up something, maybe carrying it, and then putting it down. This is a movement pattern that is as old as man. It is very natural and does not have to be drudgery.
Also, lifting doesn't have to be done in a gym or even with conventional equipment. There are plenty of people training outside with sandbags, rocks, and other objects. Movnat is good resource for this type of training.
It seems like you can go in either direction with weight lifting. You can go towards more clinical, more painful, and more time efficient training. Or you could go towards more intuitive, less painful, and more frequent training. I vote for the latter.