Discuss reps with me V. i need educated

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    TwistedMind New Member

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    So I was doing 3 set of 8 reps because thats what we did in highschool.


    Today I decided to try 5 sets of 5, the sets went better and I felt like I could have been pushing more than I am capable of when doing 3x8




    So what gives? I know im getting stronger but I was at failure on rep 7 when doing 3x8 and with the 5 x 5 I could have done another set easy.


    What should I be doing to increase muscle mass? I want to get strong, id like to at some point maybe 5 months down the road get serious about losing weight but right now I just want to get as strong and big as possible.

    any info at all is appreciated.


    P.S. im a lightweight only reping 185 flat and 135 incline, but once again I could have probably done 150 on incline easy today.
     
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    Perkwunos Dog Bones OT Supporter

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    you need to get stronger but have good volume, 5x5 is good for that on the compound lifts, that 5x5 does not really include warm up sets though, higher reps for accessory exercises are good. Try to pick weights you are not failing with.
     
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    I thought I was supposed to be trying to hit failure on my last rep or very close to failure like barely able to get it up. Am I not supposed to be doing this?



    EDIT: What is a accessory excercise?
     
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    I thought to get stronger you had to tear the ,uscle tissue in order for it to repair itself stronger than before? Fuck i need to google this now.
     
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    Just ift weights man, and you do not need to be failing your last reps.
     
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    find a weight where you can hit the 5x5 without failure and then up the weight whenever you get through
     
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