Well then help me out with this and post some science. I mean if we were both lifting and doing sets in 4 min increments, where you are doing a set for about a min and then waiting 3, and I am doing an exercise for 1 min, resting 1 min, and then supersetting another exercise for a minute, all other things being equal I have done twice the workload you have. So I can either work out in half the time and burn around the same amount of calories, or workout as long as you and get in twice as many exercises. Which would burn about twice as many calories, not to mention is keeping my heart rate much higher on average - so I am burning more cals per minute. How exactly is that not better for weight loss?
The following is taken right out of a recent study:
Recently, researchers from Syracuse University studied two types of vigor training to see which style burned more calories. Their study, which was published in the April, 2010 Journal of vigor & Conditioning Research, compared superset training with customary vigor workouts.
A superset is plainly 2 distinct vigor training exercises done, one after the other, with no rest in between. customary vigor training involves doing a singular exercise, resting, and then repeating that same rehearsal for as many sets as your program calls for. This is also called "straight sets" and is still the way most population train.
The study participants were 10 recreationally active young men. They completed 2 vigor training workouts separated by at least 7 days. Their workout consisted of 4 sets of 6 exercises and they performed 10 repetitions of each exercise.
One week they trained using supersets. One week later they did customary resistance training.
What did the researchers find? Drumroll, please...
· The superset workouts took less time.
· The superset workouts burned practically 30% more fat than the customary training.
"When expressed relative to time, the rehearsal power expenditure was significantly greater while superset training (34.70 ± 2.97 kJ·min−1) than customary training (26.28 ± 2.43 kJ·min−1)."
· The whole of power burned in the hour after the training session ended was higher for the superset workouts.
"Excess postexercise oxygen consumption was significantly greater after superset training (79.36 ± 7.49 kJ) over customary training (59.67 ± 8.37 kJ)."
And common sense tells me the same...so once again what am I missing.
I again have to disagree with your posted study. I'll post later as to why as I just don't have the time to at the moment. Actually let me rephrase that. I don't disagree with your posted study. However, it's so incredibly broad and open to interpretation that it's barely scientific.