kamp91 the return wrote:
btw 1 set routines existed amongst oldtime strongmen a lot before arthur jones,the syd devis's course is an example
A lot of the pre-Bob-Hoffman training stuff I read seemed to focus on one set per exercise, multiple exercises per session, several sessions per week (usually three). The multi-set approach seems to have been popularized by York and the "thousand exercises" philosophy, or whatever Hoffman called it.
I personally seem to get more benefit from doing multiple sets. Then again, old-time training enthusiasts didn't have the luxury of sedentary jobs, abundant nutrition and recovery aids like protein powders, creatine, or even vitamin supplements, so for them recovering from multiple set routines would have been harder. Talking about recreational trainees, not professional strongmen, of course.
Not sure where the one set per day, six times per week routine would fall definition-wise. It's certainly not low frequency training like Jones advocated, but the intensity is high to make it similar to the "Power to the People" concept of everyday no-failure training. Whatever it is, there's no doubt it works.