In this week’s episode of the Discover Strength Podcast, we are excited to continue on with our Exercise Myths and Misconceptions Mini-Series with Dr. James Fisher and Discover Strength CEO, Luke Carlson. We’ll be discussing another prevalent myth in the fitness industry: single-set vs. multi-set training.
These two friends and colleagues were kind enough to sit down and discuss, in their own words, some of the most pervasive myths still running rampant in our industry. While there are plenty to choose from, we decided to focus on the myths and misconceptions from our very first podcast ever with Dr. Fisher (HERE).
This five-part mini-series will cover some of the most widespread myths and misconceptions and hopefully set the record straight on some of these topics once and for all.
For our third episode, we decided to focus on a question we get all the time from new clients (as well as some veteran clients). “Why do we only do one set of each exercise at Discover Strength?”. The single-set vs. multi-set training debate is alive and well in the fitness industry. We wanted these two distinguished fitness experts to discuss what the research has to say about single-set training versus training with multiple sets.
The long-standing belief in the fitness industry, especially for the lay newcomer, is that you need something like three sets of ten reps of each exercise in order to insure enough volume and stimulus for muscular growth. James and Luke discuss where this long-standing belief actually originated, and how even the people who propagated it originally eventually changed their tune.
You’ll also hear some nuanced discussion about why a single set, taken to true momentary muscular failure is more than likely just as effective, and sometimes possibly even more effective than multiple set training stopped well shy of failure. As with most things we’ve investigated in resistance training research, the intensity of effort is key, and you simply can’t give 100% effort on every set if you’re training with too high of a volume.
Whether single or multi-set training is conclusively superior, we may never know. But what we know for sure, is that single-set training to failure is proven to be just as effective as multi-set training, and has the added benefit of taking significantly less time. So if results are what you’re looking for, and time is a barrier to exercise (which it is for most people), then take notes and make sure you listen to this episode twice!
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