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2004/02/09 15:36:12 (permalink)
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5x5 questions

i have always really trained 3x8 and i needed a change so i have been trying to get to grips with 5x5.
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sorry if this sounds ignorant but i wanted to be clear.

so you do 5 sets of 5 reps - so 25 reps in all.

so say for example you can do 6 on the first set - do you or do you save the energy for next set?

at which point do you up the weight - when you can do 5 reps on your first or last set?

i tend to rest 2-3 mins - does that fit in - although i guess that is personal

say you can only manage 3 reps on the last set - do you stop or keep going till you've the 2 extra.

i apologise again if these seem silly questions but i rathjer feel stupid than injured!
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    RE: 5x5 questions 2004/02/09 16:17:07 (permalink)
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    quote:
    so you do 5 sets of 5 reps - so 25 reps in all.

    so say for example you can do 6 on the first set - do you or do you save the energy for next set?

    No, never go above 5 reps, even if you feel you can. That will waste your energy for the next sets. Don't do it on the last set either.


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    at which point do you up the weight - when you can do 5 reps on your first or last set?

    You up the weight for next week, after you have succesfully completed 5x5 for 25 reps.


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    i tend to rest 2-3 mins - does that fit in - although i guess that is personal

    2-5 minutes depending on the excercise. Sometimes I need 4-5 minutes on Deadlifts, Dips or Squats.


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    say you can only manage 3 reps on the last set - do you stop or keep going till you've the 2 extra.

    You stop after you've tried absolutely your hardest to get the fourth rep. After that, do no more.
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    RE: 5x5 questions 2004/02/09 16:27:20 (permalink)
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    i tend to find that my reps decrease with each set - so on 3x8 i would do 8, 7, 6

    i guess with stopping at 5 and saving energy and increasing rest periods i should be able to manage 5x5 - cheers for the help Bro
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