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Old 12-20-2009, 03:00 PM
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Is it better to lift heavy then go lighter or the other way around... an example would be lifting...i don't know something like 100 lbs X 12 then 90 X 12 or is it better to go the other way, start light to get warmed up then go heavier? The trainer said to start heavy but I'm not sure about that guy...(and the weights and reps aren't whats actually being done, I am just using that as a general example)
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:24 PM
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depends on what you're after...straight sets across with heavy weight are cool
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:02 PM
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Well I am going for mass right now, and yes, straight sets with all heavy are very cool...I wish I could give you more details I can't remember the exact weights because I write them down and leave them at the gym, and I really don't even know the names of the exercises...just know the movement and what they do...I think its a military press that I am actually having trouble with and I am sitting down...I don't know for sure though..its deff. hitting my upper pectorals and triceps though..if that helps?
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:52 PM
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incline press? there's some good info on the thread I posted (constructive criticism) a few down from here. serry not sure how to link it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:33 AM
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Look at it this way:

Even if you were to start light and go to heavier by say using stepped sets, you would still be able to strip the bar back down and go lighter for extra volume.

So, in that light, what is the sole purpose of going from heavier to lighter?
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:04 PM
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I don't want to go any lighter it just felt like on the 3rd set I couldn't finish, and I did that same exercise again yesterday and I did 12 reps and then added weight and I did alot better...I think before I just wasn't warming up...I really don't know I am rather new to this
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:09 PM
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Actually basically what I should be asking is if I am going for mass right now, what do you guys suggest...I generally do 3 sets of 12, should I go as heavy as I can for all 3 sets or is there something else I should be doing? And I know there are a million places online that tell me but they all seem to contradict themselves so I am asking you guys who have actually done this...please give me your opinion.

And I apologize if I either am not making sense or sound like I am retarded...I have never been good as saying what I am trying to get across,
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:48 PM
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are you just starting working out for the first time in your life?

most high volume magazine/online routines are only good for people on the juice...or the ones that have it genetically easy. so doing an all isolation routine is not going to do much to start out with.

write out your workouts...so we can see what's up.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:42 PM
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I like the 5 sets, five reps workout.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:33 AM
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5x5 or 3x5's are definitely a good place to start.

Post up your workout and we'll let you know what we think.

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