I think everyone has already taken something out of this discussion. I do not wish to drag it out too much longer, so some concluding comments:
George, multiple sets are a proven thing. The one hour thing is also, at least for hypertrophy. Hence the splits.
Alteenate the following two workouts and you will have multiple sets with workouts that are under 1 hour:
A: Squat 5x5, Bench 5x5, Row 5x5, + 3 isolation moves
B: Deadlift 5x5, Shoulder press 5x5, Pull-up 5x5 + 3 isolation moves
This is just off the top of my head.
I guess I there is something to be said for training in the way that is satisfying to you. It seems that you already know that how a workout 'feels' is irrelevant. But I wanted to post this anyway:
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Volume vs Frequency
There is a certain volume threshold per muscle group in order to achieve optimal hypertrophy. I think this threshold is much lower than what many people on body part-splits attempt to do in the gym. This mindset of needing a gazillion sets leads these same people to design 2-hour full body workouts.
I don't think anyone here is in that category ;) But for those that are, the following might be helpful:
-do as less volume per muscle group per workout
-increase frequency to 2-4 time per week instead of just once
But how can you possibly recover from such frequent exposure? Don't go to failure.
This is my current mindset on hypertrophy training. I am no hotshot trainer. I am just a regular guy who likes to train. I think that's it for me in this thread unless I change my mind :)