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2004/01/27 16:08:15 (permalink)
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5*5 weight

hi guys, just wondering how you guys calculate the weight that you use for your 5*5 sets, should it be relativly easy on first set leading to difficult on 5th or should it be difficult on the first set and then very very difficult by the fifth?just not sure.
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    tyrob
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    RE: 5*5 weight 2004/01/27 18:30:38 (permalink)
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    this is the way i do 5x5
    take bench press as eg,i do 2x10reps with 50kg to warm up
    then i start my 5x5 work sets 85kg ,on the last set i may
    only do 3or4 reps when, i can do all 5 sets for 5 reps i
    will then add more weight,
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    RE: 5*5 weight 2004/01/27 18:34:37 (permalink)
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    I find the 2nd or 3rd set easier than my 1st most of the time, if I've got the weight right, then the 4th and 5th get hard again.... the 1st set, even after a warm up, is always kind of a shock but after that my body is ready for it.

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    RE: 5*5 weight 2004/01/27 18:43:21 (permalink)
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    dirtyvest,what weight are you using for bench press at the moment
    it as taken me 4 weeks to find out my weight for my work sets
    only started with 65kg then added weight each week
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    RE: 5*5 weight 2004/01/27 18:43:31 (permalink)
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    The first important thing is you want to be able to keep proper form on all of the reps with the weight you're working with. If not, the weight is too heavy.

    Secondly, if I remember correctly, you want to have at least 8 reps altogether on your last 2 sets(i.e. 2 set of 4 or 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 3), otherwise the weight is too heavy.

    Thirdly, its usually better to start out with a weight that you know you can do 5x5 and work your way up from there. This way you won't end up wasting a training session with incomplete sets on the exercises due to having to drop the weight because it was too heavy. Afterall, its always better to go up instead of down. Also, less risk of injury.
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    RE: 5*5 weight 2004/01/27 18:50:31 (permalink)
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    Well ATM I don't bench as such. I'm playing with the 60's (DBs) on my incline altho in truth I don't get 5 out on my last set right now but I'm a stubborn sod and won't drop under [:P] (bench isn't my strong point due to long limbs)

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    RE: 5*5 weight 2004/01/28 18:59:13 (permalink)
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    i see.thanks lads hopefully will be able to sort it out so that its diffficult for the last two sets so i can get 8 reps out of last two
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