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Weights - how many reps and how many sets?

Discussion in 'Diet and Exercise' started by yyy, May 9, 2017.

  1. yyy

    yyy Winger

    Reet, those of you who do weights work, how many reps per set do you do and how many sets?

    I think I've been overdoing the number of sets.
  2. Depends on your aims.


    I did 5x5 but got bored so switched to 3x5.

    Now I do some exercises at 3x8, others at 3x5 and some 3x4.

    It's a bit of an experiment but e.g. my form was shite with heavy weights on overhead press so I dropped the weight by 10% and increased reps.
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  3. Charmless Man

    Charmless Man Striker

    What are you looking to achieve? Do you devote enough time to rest, recovery and nutrition to sustain the work you do? With what frequency do you do the movement you think you're doing too many sets of and is the intensity consistent?

    Some key questions before a useful answer can be given.
  4. yyy

    yyy Winger

    I'm basically a runner who's switched to weights work whilst awaiting further treatment on and correct diagnosis of a knee injury.

    I wouldn't mind a bit extra muscle mass, however, I'm looking more to maintain muscle condition whilst this injury is sorted out.

    I know 12 is the maximum number of reps for the above, however, I'm just wondering how many sets of reps people do normally alongside this. Due to recent redundancy, I'm spending more time in the gym than before, whilst I look for a new job. However, I think six sets is a little excessive.
  5. https://stronglifts.com/5x5/ I'm a runner as well & use this as the base of my s & c work
  6. PTR

    PTR Striker

    Don't know whether its the excersises themselves, or the 5x5 routine, but I find this far more "fun" than anything I've done in the gym before.
  7. yyy

    yyy Winger

    Hmm, it appears to be as I observed on being in the gym. Everone has thier own objectives and therefore own routine.
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  8. jackynutmeg

    jackynutmeg Winger

    4 sets of 10 to 12 yi bastards
  9. Is the gym you go to called "The 1980s"? ;)
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  10. jackynutmeg

    jackynutmeg Winger

    if it aint broke........
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  11. Not sure I'd call it fun even with quotes but I do like that I can get in, blast through it & get out in under an hour including warmup & shower. No waiting for specific machines being hogged by a bunch of lads who take an hour to get 5 sets each of 1 exercise in.
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  12. PTR

    PTR Striker

    I really enjoy the squats, deads and bench press.
    Not a fan of the barbell row, and I find the overhead press very hard, and it tires me out.

    I like the lower number of reps. I always did 10s or 8s previously, and it feels dead "easy" by comparison.

    I'm in and out in 45mins. Get a shower when I get home - that way I get to eat dinner with the bairn.
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  13. jackynutmeg

    jackynutmeg Winger

  14. daveydavey

    daveydavey Striker

    It depends what your objectives are - if you're a regular gym attendee & meticulously aiming for strength gain, mass gain, weight loss or definition etc - there'll be programmes which are better suited to it than others.

    If you're just starting out then I wouldn't over think the reps & sets, just work with a touching the bar / weights is a positive. You'll figure it out.

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