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Working to max set

Working to max set

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lift heavier atstart to reach a lighter weight than the previous.   0% (0)
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2008/05/14 18:26:18 (permalink)

Working to max set

How quickly do you work up to your max set?

Im working in sets of 6 increasing 2.5kg a time and with lifts (especially deadlifts) I am nackered by the last set and can't lift as much as I could if I started lower.

What im wondering is if its better to:
a) start lower but reach a higher final weight
b) lift heavier at start to reach a lighter weight than the previous.
C) pyramid the weight
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    RE: Working to max set 2008/05/14 19:16:08 (permalink)
    start lower work your way up. avoids injury as your building upto weight.
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    RE: Working to max set 2008/05/14 20:03:56 (permalink)
    I agree, thats the way I always do it and I have never had a weightlifting injury after 15 years of training. You could always do singles on the set upto your target weight. But then everyone is different and some may suggest other ways.

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    RE: Working to max set 2008/05/14 20:20:51 (permalink)
    It sort of depends on what you're trying to do, which I know is not enormously helpful. If I'm, say, doing fives on bench and trying to get some work in, I might go

    20x20
    20x20
    70x8
    90x5
    110x5
    120x5
    130x5
    135x5
    110x as many as possible

    If I were going all out for a PB five, I'd do less work on the way up. But I rarely do that. On the other hand, working up in 2.5kg jumps wouldn't do it for me.
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    RE: Working to max set 2008/05/14 21:02:56 (permalink)
    Well with all exercises other than squats and deads as these the the easiest lifts to injure yourself on imo I do a warm up and then go straight into my weight.

    I do two or three warm up sets and then..

    I aim for a 5x5.

    Week 1 - 75kg - 5,4,3,2,1
    Week 2 - 75kg - 5,4,4,3,2
    Week 3 - 75kg - 5,5,4,4,3
    Week 4 - 75kg - 5x5

    Up the weight.



    For deads as I am still trying to perfect my form I build up the weight and then finished with 3 sets on max weight.
    post edited by jack5r - 2008/05/14 21:03:51

    Body Weight - 83kg 
    Bench - 145kg
    Squat - 190kg
    Clean & Jerk - 129kg
    Snatch - 98kg  
     
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    RE: Working to max set 2008/05/14 22:56:23 (permalink)
    Good ideas ...

    I started 10kg lower than last week on deads and ended up 10kg higher so mpleased with that. I think on squat and deads I will start to do 5kg - 10kg increases now.
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    RE: Working to max set 2008/05/15 18:43:59 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: shefjam

    Dr Rick has the right idea, still think he does too many reps with the bar though,


    You may be right - though what I do is pretty much normal practice for the 30+ year-oild guys at Adlington. How old are you? I'm 33, and it often takes me a while to get moving. With bench, I do 20s with the bar until I feel my shoulders are completely loosened up and moving fast. With squats, I do 10s or 5s until my knees are loose and I have something like the bar position I want with close to a full grip. (When I walk in, I can't get into anything like the start position I use for my working sets.)
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