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Old 04-17-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Strength is a necessity for muscle. A constant focus on progression on every set will give your body a reason to grow.

Now with that said, this does not mean that you have to work in rep ranges that are considered "optimal" for strength training. I think it is wise to do do most of your sets between 5 and 10 reps. Some will say 6 to 12, and some will say 6 to 15, etc.

But the big point is that for muscle gains, you want to progress at 5 reps or more.

Conversely, without strength, muscle will not come. I have yet to see a muscular natural or AAS bodybuilder with size who is not strong. I am a big fan of pushing on every set as a beginner and intermediate. Advanced lifters train how they train, so they are a different story.

Get strong on the basic lifts. Use a simple routine. And work within a sensible rep range.
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