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Pirate 12-20-2009 03:00 PM

build up or down?
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)

Pitysister 12-20-2009 03:24 PM

depends on what you're after...straight sets across with heavy weight are cool :)

Pirate 12-20-2009 04:02 PM

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?

B.M.F 12-21-2009 07:52 PM

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.

EricT 12-22-2009 11:33 AM

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?

Pirate 12-22-2009 02:04 PM

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

Pirate 12-22-2009 02:09 PM

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,

Pitysister 12-22-2009 02:48 PM

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 we can see what's up.

Kevsworld 12-22-2009 05:42 PM

I like the 5 sets, five reps workout.

iron_worker 12-23-2009 04:33 AM

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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