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Old 08-04-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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What set and rep scheme do you use with squats? And have you ever tried a 20 rep set? I am looking to change up my leg workout and looking for suggestions.

And what about leg extensions, leg presses, and other leg work. What's good to go with squats?
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20 rep sets will kill you. I recommend working your way up to 20 each week.
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20 reps sets are stupid, unless you are training for an expedition in the mountains. Just my opinion. 15 is my top rep for anything, except bodyweight exercises.
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20 reps sets are stupid, unless you are training for an expedition in the mountains. Just my opinion. 15 is my top rep for anything, except bodyweight exercises.
I agree that 15 is about the upper limit for any exercise, except maybe calves.

And for squats, 10 is plenty. Multiple 6-10 rep sets of squats will kill you, as long as you are pushing for progression each workout.

It is fun to try a 20 rep set. I did them several times last year. Primarily, they kill your lower back - which I do NOT like. Especially if you deadlift.
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my buddy was doing a program that did 20 set squats.... he only did it for a couple of workouts and the he was like screw that...
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my buddy was doing a program that did 20 set squats.... he only did it for a couple of workouts and the he was like screw that...
Yeah, exactly. That's how I felt after 2 weeks of 20's. It took me 10 minutes to get my breathing normal.

People (women) at my wife's work often comment that weight training isn't cardio/aerobic. I tell my wife to instruct them to do one set of 20 reppers, and see if they keep that opinion.
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Yeah, exactly. That's how I felt after 2 weeks of 20's. It took me 10 minutes to get my breathing normal.

People (women) at my wife's work often comment that weight training isn't cardio/aerobic. I tell my wife to instruct them to do one set of 20 reppers, and see if they keep that opinion.
right, i feel the same way after i push thru a set of clean and presses...
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right, i feel the same way after i push thru a set of clean and presses...
My style of training is almost entirely rest-pause sets, so it keeps my heart rate elevated.
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Titan...I would be doing leg presses as well, if I had that piece of equipment in my home gym. Front squats are also good, as are leg extensions. For me, leg extensions kind of reach a breaking point where my form gets sloppy - so I start using higher intensity tricks to up the ante.
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Lunges, step ups, and leg presses go best with squats if you don't have reverse hypers, glute-ham raises, back extensions and/or leg curls. Just make sure you give the hams more than the quads
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