Alright. So sometime late last night I fell into the world of Lyle McDonald and have now read massive materials on his website (waiting for the back of my brain to organize that info).
Long ago (years) I had this idea, which has returned now that I am starting very tentatively (not consistently or heavily yet) weight training again. It’s one of those things so obvious that there must be a reason why nobody does this and everyone but me is smart enough to know why already.
So volume under load… intensity (actual load)… muscle damage… recovery… skipping over the details, let’s just assume these are the most fundamental elements for a moment.
Why would it not be reasonable to do your workout say, early in the day, on body part X;
and then, like 4-8 hours later, do whatever you can again? Yes I know you would likely have less max power, and I know you would likely have less endurance, having exhausted the muscle earlier. But you would have had a ton of ‘between set recovery’.
And yes I get then the muscle is yet-more stressed and you’ll likely have to wait a bit longer for the overall recovery period (I mean in terms of days). But the goal is to get the muscle about as stressed as it can be without losing form or suffering injury right? And it would be all on the same day…
So why isn’t this a thing? I’ve read through tons of formal workout approaches online (and some books) and I haven’t seen this. So I conclude there’s a great reason and I just don’t know it yet.