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Angelkae
05-22-2006, 08:07 PM
For example, today I'm doing all my exercises 5x6. If I can't do 6 reps each time, do I continue until I have done 30 reps? Even if it's more than 5 sets? Like, 6,6,5,4,3,3,3? Or, do I just do 5 sets, shooting for 6 reps but falling short? 6,6,5,4,3 (totalling only 24 reps instead of 30)?

Okay, so that was a bit of a ramble. So sue me. lol

EDIT: Because I came across as a complete idiot, I thought I'd clarify. lol

I typically do all my set and reps in the proper format and don't fail often, sometimes just in the last set. As I said below, I've seen others doing reps and talking about working "to failure", and was wondering if I should be doing something like that, IE going heavier instead of trying to gauge how much weight I could actually handle for the predetermined number of sets/reps.

Blondell
05-22-2006, 08:09 PM
lower your weight

nicidale
05-22-2006, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by bdd814@May 22 2006, 03:09 PM
lower your weight
agreed

Angelkae
05-22-2006, 08:14 PM
This isn't a problem for me right now... I usually complete all my sets, but sometimes not the last set.

But, being the freak of nature that I am, I notice that some people at my gym do this. I heard one guy say something about using higher weights to work to failure?

I was wondering if I should be doing something like that too? IE using more weight so that I DO fail... but, from your answers, I guess not. lol

Blondell
05-22-2006, 08:15 PM
i say no

Blondell
05-22-2006, 08:16 PM
sorry for the short answers I 'm just a bit tired. :)

Angelkae
05-22-2006, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by bdd814@May 22 2006, 03:15 PM
i say no
Okay, thanks! :)

Angelkae
05-22-2006, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by bdd814@May 22 2006, 03:16 PM
sorry for the short answers I 'm just a bit tired. :)
No problem! I appreciate your help.

Sarah
05-22-2006, 08:26 PM
My big concern would be technique. If you canít make the last 3 are you straining to make it?

Generally my last set is my weak set. Iíve been known to drop down a bitÖjust to make

PowerManDL
05-22-2006, 08:28 PM
I would lean towards completing the volume in almost all cases. That is, if the weight is too heavy, adjust accordingly.

Having to grind to complete the work is acceptable in some cases, but shouldn't really be something to strive for. The failure advocates have no idea of how to structure that into an overall plan.

Adding extra sets to complete the total reps is not something you really need to be toying around with either.

Blondell
05-22-2006, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 22 2006, 04:28 PM
I would lean towards completing the volume in almost all cases. That is, if the weight is too heavy, adjust accordingly.

Having to grind to complete the work is acceptable in some cases, but shouldn't really be something to strive for. The failure advocates have no idea of how to structure that into an overall plan.

Adding extra sets to complete the total reps is not something you really need to be toying around with either.
yep, what he said :lol:

Angelkae
05-22-2006, 08:33 PM
Got it.

So, doing all my deadlifts (or whatever) in the proper number of sets and reps doesn't mean I'm a weenie? lol

I guess I just want to do all I can to get stronger and leaner. Ya know?

PowerManDL
05-22-2006, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by Angelkae@May 22 2006, 04:33 PM
Got it.

So, doing all my deadlifts (or whatever) in the proper number of sets and reps doesn't mean I'm a weenie? lol

I guess I just want to do all I can to get stronger and leaner. Ya know?
The idea is to intentionally handle weights less than your peak. The total amount of work you do is what creates the effect.

By adding weight gradually, you slowly accumulate those adaptations, so when the weights do get challenging and you have to grind them, you've built yourself up to it.

So then you can spend a few weeks there, working to really bust out the heavy stuff to take advantage of those adaptations before backing down and repeating.

Leah
05-22-2006, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by Angelkae@May 22 2006, 04:07 PM
For example, today I'm doing all my exercises 5x6. If I can't do 6 reps each time, do I continue until I have done 30 reps? Even if it's more than 5 sets? Like, 6,6,5,4,3,3,3? Or, do I just do 5 sets, shooting for 6 reps but falling short? 6,6,5,4,3 (totalling only 24 reps instead of 30)?

Okay, so that was a bit of a ramble. So sue me. lol
Keep w/ the same number of sets and work up...so, as everyone said, lower your weight...but at some point you'll be able to get all reps for all sets and you need to increase your weight....get as many sets of 6 as you can w/ that weight...then lower it for your next set so you can get the 6 again w/ the new weight


EDIT: duh....didn't read matt's post :oops:

Blondell
05-22-2006, 08:48 PM
Originally posted by Angelkae@May 22 2006, 04:33 PM
So, doing all my deadlifts (or whatever) in the proper number of sets and reps doesn't mean I'm a weenie? lol


yep, doing things the right way means you're a weenie. :scratch:

Angelkae
05-22-2006, 09:01 PM
Okay, thanks everyone!

Blondell
05-22-2006, 09:04 PM
glad we could help ya. ;)

PowerManDL
05-22-2006, 09:07 PM
Why doesn't somebody write a book about this stuff?

Erik
05-22-2006, 09:08 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 22 2006, 05:07 PM
Why doesn't somebody write a book about this stuff?
Because he's too hammered to write it.

Blondell
05-22-2006, 09:08 PM
:lol: Read the stickies!!

PowerManDL
05-22-2006, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by Thunder@May 22 2006, 05:08 PM
Because he's too hammered to write it.
I haven't been drunk in almost three weeks.

I'm running enough clen and expresso to kill a horse, but no alcohol.

Blondell
05-22-2006, 09:13 PM
clen and expresso--that's what I call a stack!! YEAYAH! :lol:

Leah
05-22-2006, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by PowerManDL@May 22 2006, 05:11 PM
Link to my journal because you fuckers are too lazy to look for it.
:lol:

jrb1980
05-23-2006, 04:56 AM
Originally posted by Leah+May 22 2006, 08:37 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Leah @ May 22 2006, 08:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Angelkae@May 22 2006, 04:07 PM
For example, today I&#39;m doing all my exercises 5x6. If I can&#39;t do 6 reps each time, do I continue until I have done 30 reps? Even if it&#39;s more than 5 sets? Like, 6,6,5,4,3,3,3? Or, do I just do 5 sets, shooting for 6 reps but falling short? 6,6,5,4,3 (totalling only 24 reps instead of 30)?

Okay, so that was a bit of a ramble. So sue me. lol
Keep w/ the same number of sets and work up...so, as everyone said, lower your weight...but at some point you&#39;ll be able to get all reps for all sets and you need to increase your weight....get as many sets of 6 as you can w/ that weight...then lower it for your next set so you can get the 6 again w/ the new weight


EDIT: duh....didn&#39;t read matt&#39;s post :oops: [/b][/quote]
That is helpful. Thanks.