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    Skinny is an Insult Brad263's Avatar
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    Reps and Sets

    I noticed with the WBB1 routine everything is 2x6. I am used to doing 3 sets but I noticed that on the third set I usually go to failure around 4 or 5. So I decided to let up on the weight and do sets of 10. Then I can only do about 5 on that last set.

    I know training to failure for every exercise is bad, so should I remove that third set? Or should I just let up on the weight? Or should I just keep doing what I am doing and eventually my stength will go up enough to finish that third set?

    Also on a side note how weak does being sick usually make you? I was sick over the weekend just a cold and I felt better by the start of the week but I noticed a major weakness in the gym. Is this just because of being sick over the weekend? It's just I am on a bulk right now and expected to see gains like I usually do when I am bulking and so far it looks like I am going backwards and its frustrating as hell.
    Last edited by Brad263; 01-17-2008 at 12:10 PM.
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    It sounds like you're over-extending yourself on the first two sets. Use the weight you do 10-10-5 on and instead do 6-6-6. I promise you'll get 6 on the last set.
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    Skinny is an Insult Brad263's Avatar
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    Thats kinda depressing. That pretty much just means I am not as strong as I thought I was. Well like I said I was sick over the weekend. So I am going to see how next weeks workout goes. If I still can't complete that third set I will bump down like you advised.
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    "Speed has never killed anyone, it's suddenly becoming stationary that will get you."

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    being sick does put a pretty good strain on your body.. you shouldnt expect to see gains the day after being sick. IMO...
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    i was sick the week of new years so i didn't lift at all and when I made it back to the gym I felt like a sissy only being able to do around 70-80% of what my 10 rep maxes used to be.
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    This is pissing me off I worked my chest again last night. I couldn't lift 155 and then I tried 145 and even that was hard I ended up just going with 135. I looked in my journal and I used to be able to do it. Its like I am going backwards. The only thing I can think is it has been going down ever since I removed my arm day. If you look at my journal you will see what I mean. I have a chest day, and a back day seperate and I do bi's on back and tri's and shoulders on chest. I was thinking about Combining chest and back days and adding a arm day to my routine like WBB1 has. Anyone have any ideas on whether this will help? Or any suggestions or exercises I should add to my routine to help boost my bench up.

    Also I don't believe its a weakness in my chest because I used to do Iso Bench presses a lot and I was up to 200+ on that. I know they are easier but wouldn't this just mean my shoulders and triceps can't keep up??
    Last edited by Brad263; 01-22-2008 at 08:56 AM.
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    Bench 150x6 Goal 200
    Squats 165x5 Goal 250
    Deadlift 205x6 Goal 300
    "Speed has never killed anyone, it's suddenly becoming stationary that will get you."

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