11 – James Fisher on Single Sets vs Multiple Sets, Tim Ferriss’s Geek to Freak Experiment and Maximising Sport Performance

James Fisher, is a Master Personal Trainer, Sport Psychology Guru, and High Intensity Training Expert
James Fisher (Image via ResearchGate/Southampton Solent University)

James Fisher has a degree in Sports Science and a Masters in Exercise Physiology. He’s worked with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), GB Goalball players, GB Wheelchair basketball players, international track and field athletes, and professional footballers.

James is considered one of the world’s top experts in strength and conditioning, and sport psychology. In the last three years, he has helped publish nine studies on exercise, some of which have been picked up by the mainstream media including Men’s Health and Muscular Development.

James was a joy to chat with and shared some awesome insights into how to get the most out of evidence-based resistance training. Towards the end of the interview, we get into sport specific skill training, and how to train most effectively and efficiently to optimise performance in sport.

If you are doing HIT once per week, and you’re a weekend warrior (playing your favourite sport on the weekend – like me) this is definitely for you.

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Show Notes

The problems with “High Intensity Training”

An exploration of “Evidence-Based Resistance Training Recommendations”

How to track and make progress effectively

Single Sets vs Multiple Sets

The challenge in producing solid research

How long does it take for muscle and strength to decline following a break from resistance training?

James’s views on Tim Ferriss’s Occam’s Protocol (or Geek to Freak)

What is James’s views on playing sports for recreation?

James’s training regimen

Is there is no such thing as a non-responder to resistance training

James’s 80/20 diet

Intermittent Fasting

How to optimise training for competitive sport and why cross-training is counter productive

The importance of self-experimentation for both diet and exercise



Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week by Dr Doug McGuff and John R. Little

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes

The 4-Hour Body: An uncommon guide to rapid fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed

The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown by Daniel Coyle

Motor Control and learning by Richard Schmidt

Motor Learning and Performance by Richard Schmidt

The New High-Intensity Training by Dr Ellington Darden

Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease by Dr. Robert Lustig



HITuni.com (Simon Shawcross’s Personal Training Services)

Evidence-Based Resistance Training Recommendations

Beware the Meta-Analysis: Is Multiple Set Training Really Better Than Single Set Training for Muscle Hypertrophy?

Rex Conference (previously HIT Resurgence)

Discover Strength (Luke Carlson’s business)

Bill DeSimone Interview

Bulletproof® Upgraded Coffee Beans – 340g + MCT Oil 948ml (DUAL PACK)

Contact James on – [email protected]

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