Suggestion for sets

Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Blue Leaves, Mar 27, 2007.

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  1. Blue Leaves

    Blue Leaves Active Member

    May 15, 2004
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    For quite a while I've been pyramiding up on all my exercises (increase weight and decrease reps with each set) the number of sets i do varies. on the big compound workouts i do at least 4 sets. for example my bench would look like 135x15, 185x10, 205x6, 225x3.

    last week i decided to go heavy first and work my way backwards. i achieved the same lifts but was able to do 225x6 pretty easily this time around because it was my first set. this week i went completely unorthodox but came out with a new PR: 230x4, 135x12, 250x2, 185x8.

    is it more beneficial to pyramid to about 85% of your 1RM or should i keep on trying these wacky sets to change things up? does anybody work large weight to smaller weights?

    looking at teh weights now i added up the lifts for comparative purposes

    1. 2025+1850+1230+675=5780lbs moved
    2.920+1620+500+1480 = 4520lbs moved

    the biggest difference is the 135x15 warmup set (2025lbs moved)

    im thinking that i should do something more like:

    warmup set, 85%, 90%, 50% (percentage of 1rm)
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