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2003/12/20 00:07:49 (permalink)

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keep reading that endomorphs should train higher reps. is this true?
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    RE: rep ranges 2003/12/20 00:24:14 (permalink)
    As long as you train to failure i think any range up to 15 is ok. Most people will adapt better at a lower range though, say between 4 and 8 reps
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    RE: rep ranges 2003/12/20 00:30:52 (permalink)
    found higher rep range didn't work for me. been doing around 6 since sept and noticed strength/size gains.
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    RE: rep ranges 2003/12/20 00:32:41 (permalink)
    stick at around 6 then until it stops working for you then maybe look at changing something.
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    RE: rep ranges 2003/12/20 00:40:13 (permalink)
    thought that maybe i was doing the high rep thing wrong...
    also, noticed in women's fitness mags (oxygen included) alot of the articles recommed a 12-15 rep range. is it because generally women make better gains at 12-15 or is it so they don't get afraid of 'getting muscular'?
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    RE: rep ranges 2003/12/20 01:02:28 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by kinkymisspinky

    thought that maybe i was doing the high rep thing wrong...
    also, noticed in women's fitness mags (oxygen included) alot of the articles recommed a 12-15 rep range. is it because generally women make better gains at 12-15 or is it so they don't get afraid of 'getting muscular'?


    Muscle hypertrophy isn't something I train for so I can't say much on that. For muscle strength, you need to lift heavy weights and in order to lift heavy weights, you need to use low rep ranges. I suspect that the 12-15 rep recommendation is because women feel much more comfortable doing lots of reps on a feckless weight because most seem to think they'll mysteriously end up with 34" legs the morning after doing squats with anything heavier than the bar. So far as I know, men and women respond identically to exercise on an infinite timescale - i.e. same results from the same exercises, but they occur at different speeds. QED, women make the best gains doing the same things that give men the best gains.
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    RE: rep ranges 2003/12/20 14:38:30 (permalink)
    I really doi not thnk that there is any difference between how women and men should train.Men will get bigger simply because of a natural predisposition to do so and even then it takes alot of dedication.

    If women train with weigths but dont want to add size then simply watch the calories. In truth most would look better with more muscle mass but the problem is that if you say this they picture themselves as becoming huge as soon as they touch a heavy weight...like its that easy! lol

    Kissmypinky - if i was you i would ignore the magazines and do what works best for you. Goodluck with it!
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