All Day workout
What would be the effect of splitting sets of exercises for one muscle group up throughout the day? For example do one set of an exercise in the morning, one at noon, and a third set in the evening? Would this be good for hypertrophy? Alternatively, would this technique be good for running(example:run 400m 10 times throughout the day)?
I used something similar to this method (machine cardio replaced running) preparing for a BB contest and I had no issues with this type of training. However, I did journal my progress along the way and I also agree with Joanne's statement that your body will adapt, but dont forget proper nutrition and rest.
I would really like to know and would love for you to try it for a month and then report back to the fitness community.
I've read your comments on Karin's answer. That's interesting stuff.
I would look at this like steady-state heart rate training. The best cardio is steady state cardio for at least 20 minutes (in my opinion) at a heart rate between 60 and 80 percent of your heart rate max. It makes sense to me that the type of training you're talking about here might have a benefit for training type II x and type II b fibers, but not type II a fibers or type I fibers. However, I don't think that such short intervals spaced so far apart would ever offer consistent results for definitive research. It's possible, but I think that we would have to turn the subjects into lab rats and control every aspect of their lives in order to get a true measurement of the results related to such a training modality.
It doesn't make much sense to me now, but you could be on to the newest craze in fitness! You never know! It's definitely worth looking into. I think this type of training would be great for certain clients, and it might even make a great addition into a client's periodization if an optimal frequency and intensity could be established.
I think I understand why you are asking the question as a consequence of the questions you posed on blood pressure and the interaction we had regarding BP.
Just remember what the exercise response is to resistance training with the objective of hypertrophy. (Increase in systolic BP, avoid Valsava).
Too, years ago Wayne Westcott undertook some research on one set training and its benefits. I will look it up and get back with you. He really is knowledgeable as far as physiological adaptations to resistance training is concerned.
However, thanks for a great question.
Feasibly if you are sedentary this may be great, but if you are really active you may just burn out!
It depends on your schedule, mind set and time frame