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Old 10-16-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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I've recently been inspired by several books and articles about Steve Reeves. Apparently, he thoroughly believed in drops sets. According to what I've read, he kept dropping weight until be couldn't move another rep. He also did this for every single set he performed....so I've read.

My routine looks something like this....

Day 1...Shoulders, Tris, and Bis.
Day 2...Legs
Day 3...Chest, Back, Traps
Day 4...Off
Day 5...Legs, again.
Day 6...Power train (Incline Bench, T-Bar Rows, Upright Rows, Military Presses)....Completely compound stuff.
Day 7...Off

Usually I do 25-30 sets per workout...Roughly 10 set per bodypart. I train in the 6-8 range on most exercises and 10-12-15 on others.

Today I plan to start dropping sets. Probably not on every single set, but at least on the last one or two.

What's you guys' take on drop sets? Is anybody using them and what have the results been? I realize the stamina has to be up or I'll end up killing myself trying to do this.

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Old 10-16-2007, 01:00 PM   #2
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Depends on your goals really, personally I've found drop sets to really only be of use for endurance purposes, definately not for mass/strength gains.

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My main goal right now is to lose fat and preserve as much muscle mass as possible.
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Ok, well if your looking to burn fat, drop sets can be done sort of like circuit training. Meaning, if you do your sets with very little rest, you can get your heart rate up, and create a cardio like effect with the wieghts.

To me, thats not optimal though, I like to use a 5x5 or a 3x3 to keep my strength up, and Hiit cardio to kick up fat loss. Its up to you though, maybe give both a try and see what works best for you.

Oh, and on a side note, with those goals, your diet will be your limiting factor, so make sure your on point there.
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I mainly use drop sets if I'm pressed for time or just for a change of pace with my workouts.
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