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Jesda 11-29-2011 02:17 PM

Sets and Reps?
I am just beginning. I was wondering how many sets and reps of each exercise I should be doing. I am on the smaller side, only at 120 pounds. I want to bulk up but take my time so I really get it right. What do you pros suggest?

Off Road 11-29-2011 02:25 PM

My thought is, it really doesn't matter as long as you keep progressing in strength. I would pick something moderate; between 2 and 5 sets and between 5 and 12 reps. There will be times to work on extremes but I think just starting out it's best to be somewhere in the middle. If the reps are too low it will be harder to keep form. If the volume is too high you'll have nowhere to progress.

There are pre-made routines out there that have been proven to be successful with a big majority of lifter. I'd just stick with something proven and learn as you go along.

jslep 11-29-2011 02:54 PM

For a beginner i suggest 4 sets of 6-8 reps. I don't think its too little or too extreme for a newbie to see good results from it. As said find somethin you like and then work on good form and weight progression.

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