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Old 05-23-2014, 12:59 PM   #1621
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Deadlift (440) Squat (430) Bench (320).Im 23 5'11 195lbs.I would really like to focus on building a bigger squat and deadlift.
You have really good numbers. Just know that from now on whatever you do will be slow and steady.

Have you looked into BIG by JB on this site, or 10/20/Life?

I think either program is perfect for you.

Here is more about BIG:

http://www.muscleandbrawn.com/forums...splay.php?f=90
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:14 AM   #1622
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Hey Steve, I have a conceptual question about progressive overload and maximazing every set like you say in your videos/articles. So, the question is the next one.

If for an exercise (Bent Over BB Row for example) I'm using a rep range like 6-8 reps for 3 sets and I feel like I can do more than 8 reps in all three sets with the same weight, should I stop at the 8th rep or keep pushing until I feel I'm going to fail at the next rep or my form is breaking down for maximizing every set?

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i have bben away from lifting for about 3 months. i am lifting again and hve started with an upper lower split.... taking it slow for a few weeks. anything i should watch out for as i ease back into it? keeping in mind i am 42 yrs old but still in pretty good shape. Thanks Steve its always good to hear from you Mike
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Which scheme do you think is more effective:

1. Between each set dropping the weight (10%) to maintain reps
2. Maintaining the set and therefore dropping the reps (by 1-2)
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Hey Steve, I have a conceptual question about progressive overload and maximazing every set like you say in your videos/articles. So, the question is the next one.

If for an exercise (Bent Over BB Row for example) I'm using a rep range like 6-8 reps for 3 sets and I feel like I can do more than 8 reps in all three sets with the same weight, should I stop at the 8th rep or keep pushing until I feel I'm going to fail at the next rep or my form is breaking down for maximizing every set?

Thank you very mucho for all the time that you spend helping us =)
Always keep a set going. So if 8 feels easy, I would push on for another few reps.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:18 AM   #1626
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i have bben away from lifting for about 3 months. i am lifting again and hve started with an upper lower split.... taking it slow for a few weeks. anything i should watch out for as i ease back into it? keeping in mind i am 42 yrs old but still in pretty good shape. Thanks Steve its always good to hear from you Mike
The main thing I recommend is moving slow. Allow your body to adapt to lifting again and take it relatively easy the first month, meaning focus on finding that form groove again and slowly adding weight only when it feels right.

I hate to see guys go in and kill it right away. You'll know when things are in a nice groove and you can start to move along more quickly.

Once those first 3-4 weeks are done, then I would jump back into your old programming and smash on.
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Hey Steve,

Which scheme do you think is more effective:

1. Between each set dropping the weight (10%) to maintain reps
2. Maintaining the set and therefore dropping the reps (by 1-2)
Two, in my opinion. Trying to hit a specific rep number on each set shouldn't be a primary goal, unless it's only a minimum goal.

I personally like to keep the same weight for each of the sets, and simply using a weight that allows me to drop a few reps from set to set.
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Hey Bearded Beast, what's your opinion on Bulgarian Training where you work up to a "max" single on the Squat and Press every day?
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Hey Bearded Beast, what's your opinion on Bulgarian Training where you work up to a "max" single on the Squat and Press every day?
I ran a variation of this where I squatted to a daily max single. It can be effective, but:

1) You better have solid form.
2) There is no need to jump into squatting every day. I started 3x a week and actually backed down to 2x a week because my squat was moving so well.

My squat moved from 500 for a daily max single to 645 during this time.

I do not recommend benching more than 2-3 times per week though.
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I ran a variation of this where I squatted to a daily max single. It can be effective, but:

1) You better have solid form.
2) There is no need to jump into squatting every day. I started 3x a week and actually backed down to 2x a week because my squat was moving so well.

My squat moved from 500 for a daily max single to 645 during this time.

I do not recommend benching more than 2-3 times per week though.
If I bench 3x per week max, on the other days do I just not press and/or maybe do a pulling movement for back or can I do something like the Overhead Press or the Behind the Neck Press? I'm pretty familiar with Squatting 3x per week, and I wanted to bump up my frequency in a Bulgarian style to see if it could help. I know I'm really only supposed to Deadlift 1-2x per week since it is the most demanding exercise, but I wasn't too sure about how I'd structure my presses.
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