If we sit all day, we become very good at sitting, i.e. fat, weak, slow, kyphotic, generally unhealthy and about the furthest thing from an athlete. The same goes for every other skill I can think of. Do it often without burning out, and you improve very quickly.
I’m considering the same approach for lifting/athletic performance, and hope to get your take on it.
Let’s say you have all day to do whatever you want, and instead of cramming all your lifting into 1-2 hours, and spending the remaining 22-23 doing a combination of sitting/inactivity and sleeping, you decide to perform a heavy lift every half an hour or so.
The clean to push press probably uses more muscle than any other barbell lift I can think of (and requires less skill than the clean and jerk), so I’ll use it in order to get the most bang for my buck.
If I did 70-80% of my 1 RM every half an hour for my entire waking day (disregard breaks for eating in this example), would this be a more effective way to build strength, efficiency and promote hypertrophy, than, for instance, doing the equivalent volume of work in 1-2 hours? Would it be enough of a stimulus if you were always completely “fresh” before each lift?
If your goal is to maximise performance, wouldn’t it be best to let your body know you need to be ready to lift at all times?
When I was at my fittest, throughout my teens, I was active all the time - I walked to school. When I got to school, I played some sort of sport before class even started. I played sport between classes, for phys ed class, at every break, and for after school training and matches. After I walked home, I played more sport (particularly in summer). At the weekends… you guessed it. Basically I was active all damn day for years. I was fast, strong, indestructible, and ready to go at a moments notice.
This cannot be coincidental. What are your thoughts?