I’m asking this question since I’m asked by lots of people how I manage to work every muscle at least 5 times a week while getting stronger and bigger - in a hypocaloric diet (provided that my protein intake is high enough) interspersed with a high carb refeed once a week.
Now, I’m not trying to be a smart ass - that’s just how it worked out for me in the last three years.
The only two downsides I could detect were time consumption and injury (no big surprise if you’re not properly warming up/down and stretching).
-each workout (including warming up and down) takes me about 2 - 2.5 hours
-I’ve torn 2/3 of my ulnar collateral ligament (due to idiocy on my part)
-I’ve fucked my patalla tendon pretty hard (again: idiocy)
I’ve also convinced three friends of mine to apply cluster training - albeit without dieting - and they overcame their plateaus and developed some serious beef (compared to their previous flat progression curve). But they dropped out after about a year due to time considerations.
So, your experience on clustering your reps while minimizing fatigue and CNS exhaustion are appreciated.