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Moe Elmoussawi’s 1000 Rep Workout Madness

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Think you’ve heard every possible workout under the sun? Well, sit down, because the shock from this workout might make you dizzy. Moe Elmoussawi does 1,000 rep sets. Yes, that’s right. A grand.

Here’s what Moe had to say…

When I was 16 years old, I’d go the gym and do one biceps exercise for 1,000 reps or until it felt like my biceps was going to explode. When I thought back to what made my arms my best bodypart, I remembered those workouts. So I tried it for the rest of my bodyparts. Now, I do high reps all the time. The more reps you do, the greater the blood flow to the muscle to deliver more nutrients and oxygen. The results speak for themselves.

Here’s an example of my dumbbell bench press<: 40 pounds for 50 reps to warm up, 60 pounds for 40 reps, 80 by 30, 100 by 20 and 140 by 10. That’s 150 reps, including the warm-up reps.

Once I get to my heaviest set, I get all the dumbbells together and do one monster drop: 140 for 10, 100 for 20, 80 for 30 and 60 for 40. Total reps: 250.

I do that for three or four more exercises. If I lose count, I’ll just do a little extra. One thousand reps is the goal, but for some workouts, I may get only 800. If my body is telling me that’s enough, then I pack it in.

As a result of this training, my muscles have a more mature, hard look. For example, prior to 2008, I never had striated glutes. But at six weeks out, I started doing 1,000 reps on my glutes every day and for the first time, there they were. Now I use this method in the offseason, too.”

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