Muscle Fact or Fiction? High reps/low weight for definition

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  1. Zoso

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    sorry if repost- i just deleted the whole backstory to why i'm asking this, because, quite honestly, it's irrelevant. cliffs: i'm in good shape. does doing more reps with less weight actually give better definition?
    i've heard both answers and both seem to make sense for different reasons. what's the general consensus here?
     
  2. devman

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    fiction, lose fat
     
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    i was wondering if there was any benefit to doing higher reps with lower weight
     
  4. Skeletor

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    definition is pretty much a matter of bodyfat.


    You need to lose bodyfat to gain definition... When most people think of "cut" they think of big, very visible muscles. Best way to achieve this is weight lifting and through proper diet according to your goals (mainly diet, but like i said if you want big muscles weights are the way to go).

    Lower weight and higher reps will be more likely to give you muscular endurance. It will give you a little bit of strength but it won't really improve that much, and it's not ideal for building muscle size (it will to a certain extent, if your diet is muscle mass oriented). Similarly, lifting low reps high weight will improve your muscular endurance some, however it will present a few problems in that area and isn't the ideal way to train for it.

    IMO if you're going to fuck with weights you might as well do strength training. If you want to do high rep stuff stick with calisthenics.
     
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  5. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    high reps heavy weight =win
     
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    low weight, high reps is kinda useless
     
  7. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    unless your a complete noob, it would work somewhat for a few months. But ya i agree
     
  8. hitmikey

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    good for warming up.


    first set/exercise of a muscle group i do probably a 1/3 or 1/4 of my target weight and do double or triple the reps
     
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    i said kinda, not totally.
     
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    Ricey McRicerton New Member

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    Would it not be more aerobic and burn more cals, in turn cutting body fat and getting you leaner? :dunno:
     
  11. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    volume in general is going to burn more cals as long as you're intense. Leaving the weight light isnt going to stimulate you enough.
     
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    strengthening connective tissue, and recovery
     
  13. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    shit, how did i miss that one, thanks ceaze. Its very good for recovering from injuries
     
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    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/goulet5.htm

    check that out
     
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    high reps, low weight got me cut
     
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  17. kronik85

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    truth.

    i had no intention of losing fat. i actualy am considering myself on a bulk right now (i just eat till i'm stuffed 5 times a day, making sure i get plenty of protein every meal and try to get in greens and other whole foods).

    i switched from bill starr/christophers with slight modifications, to german volume training which charles poliquin promotes.

    i've gained.. 17lbs in 2 months, maybe 2.5. i'm leaner than before and i also switched off of cee. so i probably lost 5 or 6 lbs water weight. as well as gained 17 lbs with minimal fat gain (if anything fat loss for sure).

    i have a few light veins on my lower abs pretty often (not during pump), veins in my delts during pump, and a vein or two on my chest which surprised the hell out of me.



    you work with ~60% of your 1rm. 10x10 (100 total reps) for 2 exercises. and 2 accessory exercises for 3x12.

    i'm enjoying the routine a ton.
     
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    The way i look at it, as long as you are in the gym and doing some sort of excercise instead of sitting at home on a couch you are going in the right direction.

    I usually do a high rep/low weight bench about once a week, but that's because my shoulder will get sore if i do low rep/high weight workouts all the time
     
  19. iceburgslim

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    So lifting lower reps and higher weight will give different results than lifting low reps and high weight? :wtf:
    Your post makes no sense.
     
  20. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    well i always said more volume with high intensity will burn more cals typically then bills routine(just my own opinion)...i think thats where people got the wrong idea blaming the routine for making them fat. Although Diet will always be the major key. Did you change your eating and routine because it could be the diet portion.
     
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    Ceaze, PurEvl, anyone:
    About the connective tissue part, if someone does mainly lower reps as in the Bill Starr's, should some time be devoted to higher reps to prevent injury?
     
  22. PurEvl

    PurEvl going out gassed and not half assed...

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    i think a break from that routine is very important.
     
  23. Skeletor

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    Whoopsy daisy.
     
  24. Zoso

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    thanks for all the input
    what about doing lots of reps of lighter weight after regular strength training to completely burn out the muscle? advantage?
     
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