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.