I just had a question that I would appreciate feedback from the forum on.
I am trying to square the circle on what the latest research from Brad Schoenfeld says regarding rest periods and what some of the experts have said over time.
Schoenfeld’s research, echoed in Eric Helms’ Strength Pyramid book (which I have an like) says that short rest periods i.e. before full recovery will lead to less strength and hypertrophy gains – I can understand strength but am surprised about hypertrophy but they say it is backed by meta-analysis and dedicated studies.
However, the principle of Cluster sets, Myo-reps and even the way Vince Gironda advocated training was to have short rests and accumulate fatigue. All of these methods seemed to get good results. The nearest Helms comes to shortening rests is to have two minutes between non-competing muscle groups e.g. bench, 2 minute rest, row, 2 minute rest, repeat.
I know that Poliquin feels that research takes time to catch up and also that studies have a hard time controlling for everything.
An added benefit in theory of shorter rests seems to be better conditioning as a by-product.
So, I wondered what the thinking on the forum was?
Thanks in advance