They can be used the way you did, but I'm not a fan. You could also try cluster sets (rest paused sets). I think it's very easy to overtrain if you perform over 20 singles with anything near your 1RM with multiple compound movements.
If I did quite a high number of singles ( twenty + ) in the big compound lifts ( squats, chins, deadlifts and bench ) would this lead to appreciable mass gains? I have read time and again that singles build strength but not much mass but is that assumption nullified when sufficient numbers of singles are done per session?
that sounds extremely dangerous.
Amidst P-Funk's list of Recommended Reading is Super Squats by Randall J. Strossen
I recently read it.
It recommends (among other things) "one set of 20 squats, 3x week, with 5-10lb added to the bar each workout." Initially "pick a weight you can do 10 with, then do 20 with it"
It cites numerous cases of huge gains, in both strength and size.
It's only a short book, but it was a nice read.
did Dorian Yates not do something similar ?
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I have been doing this approach now for the last month or so and really enjoying it. I am definately seeing gains in mass. I think its a volume issue, you really need to do an awful lot of singles per session to warrant a response. The way I am approaching it currently is reducing my rest periods by ten seconds each time I go to the gym and today I had my first "failure" in the bench press at the twentieth rep so I completed nineteen reps and couldnt quite nail the last at a rest period of twenty seconds between reps. I was hoping to reduce the rest period down to just five seconds on all the exercises before I moved onto a different protocol for a short time before resuming the singles at a heavier weight for another cycle. It does go to show you though that there are plenty ways to skin a cat and lots out there that works