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Old 06-16-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Too many reps, too soon

The older I get and the heavier the weight gets, the harder it is for me to jump into sets over 5 reps. Because of this, I have been thinking about trying a new system for heavy lifts.

I will pick a working weight and perform 4 working warm up sets with ramping reps. The 5th set will be all out for max reps, like this:

Set 1 - Weight x 1 rep
Set 2 - Weight x 2 reps
Set 3 - Weight x 3 reps
Set 4 - Weight x 4 reps
Set 5 - Weight x MAX reps

I have been considering "8 reps" as the goal for the max set, meaning when I hit 8 reps, I add weight.

Regarding periodization, I as thinking that if I felt off on a given day and needed a break, I could merely just perform sets 1-3, or 1-4.
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