# Thread: 2 sets different reps and weight.. compare the two.

1. ## 2 sets different reps and weight.. compare the two.

HI guys,

I've done a quick search but haven't got a clue what to look for so here is goes.

Last week I did DB bench and managed to lift 42kg on each dumbbell 6 times so this week i decided to try and do 43kg on each. However, I only managed to do 5 reps. I was trying to hit 6 reps but I only managed to do 5 so I felt like I didn't do as well as the week before.

In your opinion, is the 43kg x 5 better than 42kg x 6?
Are there any calculations that I can do to work out which one was actually better?

Thanks.

2. It's sort of the same thing in my opinion. No reason to be down on yourself though, you did a heavier weight and only came up 1 rep short. That's still progress in my book.

3. I know what you are saying.. I'm just trying to improve on every lift but next week I will try and hit 6 reps. If I do that, I will increase the weight again.

I just wondered if there were any calcultions anybody had.

Thanks

4. No calculations will tell you how much YOU actually lift. There are too many variables to take into consideration. What you lift one week, maybe totally different next week, it could be less or it could be more. Don't expect to add weight every single week. You can sure as hell try, but don't expect it be a given that you should be able to increase weight every single week.

5. 43x5 or 42x6? I think it is way to close to make any difference. Don't worry there have been times where week one I can lift x amount of weight 10 times and a week later I'm lucky to pull off maybe seven. This is when I know I need to take a break and up my protein intake.

6. Originally Posted by Halo
43x5 or 42x6? I think it is way to close to make any difference. Don't worry there have been times where week one I can lift x amount of weight 10 times and a week later I'm lucky to pull off maybe seven. This is when I know I need to take a break and up my protein intake.
Actually 1kg is equal to about 2.2046 pounds, so even if it's just a kilogram, it means A LOT.

To the op,
they're basically the same in my book. Try it next week, I'm sure you'll get 43x6

7. Look at what it's saying. 42x6=? or 43x5=?

Total work done = reps times weight.

42x6=252
43x5=215

So technically you got more done with the 42x6 than you did with the 43x5.

8. technically you did do more work with the 6 reps and lower weight, but its almost the same. The difference between 5 and 6 reps could have been what you ate before you worked out, waking up an hour earlier than usual, or even your state of mind when working out, i wouldn't worry about it too much just go for 6 reps with the heavier weight next time and i'm sure you'll get it.

9. I used to use:
work = weight x reps
... a while ago to measure how i was doing but I didn't think it gave a true value of how I had done.

Anyway today I managed to get 6 reps with the 43kg.... so all good. As I'm eating lots of food I assumed that I'd be increasing the weight every time but increasing every 2 sessions is good (hey progression is progression). I hit each muscle group twice a week.

While I'm in the subject, is 4.4lbs (1kg for each DB) a week ok progression? I'm improving similar on all my lifts apart from squats (slightly more)

10. Ya 4.4 lbs a week is pretty good progress. If you were to progress 20 weeks in a row that would be 88 lbs!

11. yeh true ... I guess the rate will slow down at some point though. I gonna go on a cut in Feb so I have just over 4 months to gain what i can :]

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