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Old 04-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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John Christy wrote an article about the perfect rep range for strength and size. His answer was 8 reps, but said anything from 5 to 12 would work beautifully. Wish I could find that article again.

My thoughts are that over a lifetime of lifting a person will want to visit low reps, moderate reps, and even high reps. Mix things up, what works today may not work as well a year from now. Explore and have fun, the only important thing is that you make progress within your given rep range.
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i just pick a rep goal then push for as many reps as i can and useing a rep limt of 10reps, that i would imagine i'm working nearly all the rep ranges.
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The misperception of the masses can never be changed.

I aim for higher rep ranges when I want more of a cardiovascular response, but I also use a faster cadence. I have 2 cycles that I typically stick to. I lift heavy and I lift for power / explosiveness.
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I'm now quite aware, that you don't need to stick to the typical bodybuilding rep and set ranges to build muscle, and am confident that I'll get bigger and stronger doing 5x5 workouts.

What I find weird though, is that many have a different opinion.

Some of you might remember my question a few months ago regarding the difference in powerlifters muscles, and bodybuilders.
btb gave me an in depth answer with pictures, comparing other bodybuilders to himself.
What he said is that bodybuilding is an illusion of body fat.
A powerlifter will have just as much if not more muscle mass than a bodybuilder, but bodybuilders have a lower body fat percentage making them appear bigger.

This is quite obviously the case, and after comparing bodybuilders physiques with powerlifters that decided to cut up, they look the same.

What I don't get is why many think you need to lift lighter weight for more reps to build muscle.
"low reps build strength, high build muscle" is typically what you hear.

I know this is a similar question to those before, but I'm asking now from a different point of view.
Why do so many people think this?
Is it just bro science?
Because there isn't any evidence to back it up.


A few months back this was the main question as you know that I was always seeking the answer to.
Having learned from you guys and been given a viable explanation, I'm just curious as to why so many people go by this theory.


just my 2 cents. my training encompasses many rep ranges from 5x5 to 5x25. as a bodybuilder type trainer, i try to hit both types of fibers as hard as possible and get as big a pump as i can. there truly is no magical rep range for growth or strength. john meadows talks about keeping up strength wise with powerlifters strength wise, back in his days training at west side. mix it up.
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