I was reading Mel Siff’s “Facts and Fallacies of Fitness”, and I came across this quote:
“it is also interesting to note that the specific energy expenditure for an exercise using a series of single repetitions is 35% greater than a continuous set of several repetitions with the same load (vorobyev, 1978). In other words, interval training with a series of single concentrated efforts places greater demands on the body than continuous training, as done in traditional bodybuilding or circuit training? This explains why it is far more difficult to execute a set of bench presses or squats if the load is replaced briefly on the racks between each repetition, instead of performing the same number of repetitions continuously.”
Firstly, what are everyone’s thoughts on this? If this is true, why aren’t more authors prescribing such an approach?
The only author I’ve seen prescribing an approach like this is Don Alessi in Meltdown II.