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Old 02-14-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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I've recently been training with a high volume BBing style 5-day split. It's been fun but the leg day is killing me. All I'm doing is squats and leg presses, both 5 sets to failure in the rep range of 8-12. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm insane..

At first it was okay since I had to drop the weight considerably set per set, but now my muscular endurance has increased so much I can do set after set with almost the same heavy weight, and it hurts so good I can barely handle it mentally. I'm dreading each leg workout several days beforehand and the worst part is I get really nauseous and almost throw up no matter how long I rest. I'm not overtraining though, because I keep progressing each week. My motivation is going down though because working out is supposed to be fun, and this is not fun, it's dreadful.

How could I make this a little more sensible?

This is what I did today for example:

Squat
170 kg x 11
170 kg x 8
160 kg x 11
160 kg x 8
150 kg x 12

Leg Press
320 kg x 12
320 kg x 8
300 kg x 12
300 kg x 9
280 kg x 12

Just two exercises but my god if someone can continue after that, my hat's off to them. Should I do less sets and more assistance exercises or what? It's not the muscles that give out but rather I just get so nauseous and exhausted that I have to call it quits.
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Old 02-14-2014, 01:28 PM   #2
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I'm a bit like you mate, The weights are heavy and the sessions go for ever, then for me sometimes I just cant hack it any more and simply Crash and Burn.

Sessions like these are so tough.

So what I do is get in some front squats for Strength and Sanity, manly Sanity. I still build up some muscle but the weights are a little lower and it seems to not tax my CNS so much and I quite enjoy them so I don't dread leg day.

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Old 02-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #3
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Been there. Try switching exercises for a while or even rep range. Do things to keep the sessions interesting without cutting down on the effort.

Supersets or dropsets can also be fun for a change.
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Thanks for the input. I'll definitely try changing the rep range first. Maybe I'll do 5x5 again for a change or something crazy and fun like 10 triples.
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