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’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 don’t know about the effects on hypertrophy or cardio specifically but, I have done something similar to this in the past for fat loss in some more sedintary clientele. It has reaped wonderous benefits to their metabolism, BMI, resting heart rate, blood pressure, and commitment to exercise. Just gotta be real careful not to overtrain. Intense but not all out; multiple sessions in a day NEED to be recorded and evaluated constantly.
Andrew, it is important to remember the SAID principle. Your body will adapt to the demands that you impose upon it.
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.
I looked up Wayne Westcott and it turns out he may have been influenced by Arthur Jones inventor of Nautilus exercise machines. The type of training promoted by Jones in the 1970s is called High Intensity Training. I think we could call the all day workout “multiple set HIT” if it produces the intended result of strength and hypertrophy.