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2004/01/14 17:54:01 (permalink)

5x5,4x6,3x8 etc....

I've often wondered how these 'magic numbers' came about ? Why not 3x5 or 5x8 ? For example I find that 5x5 is particulary tough for certain exercises such as squats and deads and I prefer to do 3x5. Is this ok ? Are these rep and set sequences proven to work best or just convenient numbers ?

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    RE: 5x5,4x6,3x8 etc.... 2004/01/14 17:58:07 (permalink)
    I train mostly 3x5 after a warm up of a 8 & a 6 it suits me fine. You gotta do what works best for you
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    RE: 5x5,4x6,3x8 etc.... 2004/01/14 18:02:07 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Jazz

    I find that 5x5 is particulary tough for certain exercises such as squats and deads.


    It's supposed to be tough! If it were easy, do you think it would work?

    To answer your question, in general, the higher the reps, the more sets you can do because intensity is lower.
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    RE: 5x5,4x6,3x8 etc.... 2004/01/14 20:43:17 (permalink)
    They are tough mate. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.
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    RE: 5x5,4x6,3x8 etc.... 2004/01/14 21:49:30 (permalink)
    To build muscle you should be lifting relatively heavy. Between 70 and 85% of you 1RM is what most suggest. 3x5 is about 80% of ones 1RM. As long as you warm up properly it will be fine.
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    RE: 5x5,4x6,3x8 etc.... 2004/01/15 11:55:42 (permalink)
    5x5, 4x6, 3x8... whichever.. they all work out to 24/25 reps in total for any given exersize. How this figure has been arrived at is probably a combination of experience.. (in terms of growth and what's physically achievable in the gym)..and a few theories based on some studies I would guess.

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