View Full Version : Amount of Sets?

08-16-2011, 02:16 PM
I've been looking around trying to piece together a new workout routine and was wondering what the advantage or disadvantage of using higher sets like 8-9x3 or some low rep exercise. What's the purpose of using higher amounts of sets with low reps?
Thanks in advance!

08-16-2011, 02:21 PM
Not sure if this is what you're looking for but this is helpful when determining sets/reps:

As far as why you may also want to look in DE (dynamic effort) articles

08-16-2011, 03:19 PM
Thanks, this really helped. So basically 8x3 is the same thing as any other combination as long as it's 24 total reps and it just depends on what you react better to?

08-17-2011, 11:11 AM
Basically, as long as your take the percentage of 1RM into account (and to a certain extent rest periods).

08-17-2011, 11:29 AM
It depends on your goals.

08-17-2011, 03:31 PM
Alot of it has to do with optimal bar speed and muscular fatigue. There is a difference between 8x3 and 3x8 with a 50-60% load for instance. Same thing with a 1x6 and a 1x2,2,2 load at 80%. The main benefit of working lots of sets is practicing and perfecting technique in a non-fatigued state and having the ability to produce as much force as possible. Hence, why alot of PLers train singles on Deadlifts (besides the lack of need to train reversal strength).

08-19-2011, 12:41 PM
Thanks guys that cleared up my question