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Why do we use more than one set?

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2003/12/08 01:18:06 (permalink)

Why do we use more than one set?

Why is it necessary to use several sets on each exercises? If instead of doing 5x5 on bench we were doing 1x5 with more weight, wouldn't it be better?
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    RE: Why do we use more than one set? 2003/12/08 02:42:05 (permalink)
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    If you take your argument to its logical extreme, why don't we just do 1 set of 1 rep? Because strength and hypertrophy require a certain amout of volume and repititon. Not so much by science, but by trial and error of those who have gone before us, we have some general guidelines about how much volume is necessary to stimulate growth and strength gains.
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    RE: Why do we use more than one set? 2003/12/10 15:11:14 (permalink)
    Personally i find my muscles arent really warmed up and feeling like they are straining until the 3rd set. It usually takes me several sets to "get into the grove", then a few more sets to get the muscle to wake up and get into lifting the heavy weights.
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