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View Poll Results: Average number of sets per major muscle group per week.
6 - 9 3 17.65%
10 - 13 7 41.18%
14 - 16 6 35.29%
16 + 1 5.88%
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Old 04-26-2014, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default What is your average number of sets per week for major muscle groups?

I am curious what people typically do in terms of total sets for major muscle groups each week. I get the feeling it varies depending on the type of training and the individual, but I would still enjoy some raw data on this one.

To clarify, I am referring to the total sets for one major muscle group (i.e. chest) not all major muscle groups combined.

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Old 04-26-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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Interesting question and I hope you get some more input.

For most bodyparts, I'm doing about eight sets every eight days. However, I'm currently prioritising back, so I'm aiming to get about twelve-sixteen sets in for that.

What makes the question slightly difficult is figuring where to count the powerlifts. for example, do I count bench press in my number of triceps sets? And does the deadlift count as a lat exercise (my lats are often sore after deadlifts).
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Interesting question and I hope you get some more input.

For most bodyparts, I'm doing about eight sets every eight days. However, I'm currently prioritising back, so I'm aiming to get about twelve-sixteen sets in for that.

What makes the question slightly difficult is figuring where to count the powerlifts. for example, do I count bench press in my number of triceps sets? And does the deadlift count as a lat exercise (my lats are often sore after deadlifts).
I counted the powerlifts as sets for all muscles involved. Probably why I am the only 16+ vote so far.
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I do 8-10 per major bodypart, per week. When I was younger I had gone as high as 12, but rarely more.
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If we are including warm up sets too, I do 8-10 sets ramping up to either 3x5 or 5x5 top sets depending on which lifting day it is.
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I usually do 6-7 sets if I'm working up to a heavy double or single. That'll be done about every 7 days. Sometimes I may do 5 hypertrophy sets of the same movement just to change it up. In which case that would be 11-12 sets on those days. That would be 6-7 sets of 5 reps or less and 5 sets of 10 at a lighter weight.
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Excluding mobility and warmup - one set.
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Five heavy singles every other week for MP, Squats and DLs.

10-15 lighter sets of other work or overlapping work.
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It depends on your progression through your sets. Are you counting "warmups" as sets? Warmups for a meet are much different than a warmup set for training. If you do less than 3 sets of "work sets" whats the point...just stay on the couch.
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Not counting warmups, I performed 15 working sets per major muscle group when I trained 5x5 (except for legs, they were 10 sets) and now perform 13 working sets on Wendler 5/3/1 (that is 13 sets for legs now, as well).
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