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    start with the lightest or heaviest weights?

    sory, i've had a quick search but to no avail.

    i'm sure this has already been covered.


    for each set i do on a specific workout, my reps look like this

    set 1 - 10 reps relatively light weight.

    set 2 - 8 reps lift heavier weight.

    set 3 - 6 reps (or lift untill failure of very heavy weight)

    after this i move on to another exercise targeting the same body part.


    I just wanted to know if it is better to stat with the heavy weight and try for more reps or do it the way i'm doing.

    cheers.

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    well if lookin to build muscles id do heavier weights on less reps. once you have something to tone and define go for higher reps on lighter weights

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    You are overcomplicating things.

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    What you're doing is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runriot26 View Post
    well if lookin to build muscles id do heavier weights on less reps. once you have something to tone and define go for higher reps on lighter weights
    What do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aslin View Post
    sory, i've had a quick search but to no avail.

    i'm sure this has already been covered.


    for each set i do on a specific workout, my reps look like this

    set 1 - 10 reps relatively light weight.

    set 2 - 8 reps lift heavier weight.

    set 3 - 6 reps (or lift untill failure of very heavy weight)

    after this i move on to another exercise targeting the same body part.


    I just wanted to know if it is better to stat with the heavy weight and try for more reps or do it the way i'm doing.

    cheers.
    Warm up to get the blood flowing and prevent injury and then lift as HEAVY as possible with strict form. You have to SHOCK your muscles so that the body, as a part of its natural defense mechanism, decides to put on more muscle. Lift heavy, eat lots of good quality protein and get a lot of sleep. You'll grow.

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    thanks for the reply. I'll start with heavier weights and then finish with lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aslin View Post
    thanks for the reply. I'll start with heavier weights and then finish with lighter.
    No, you want to warm-up with lighter weights and then get into your heavy weight working sets. The only time you would want to go back down after lifting heavy is when doing a pyramid or a drop-set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runriot26 View Post
    well if lookin to build muscles id do heavier weights on less reps. once you have something to tone and define go for higher reps on lighter weights
    I swear that toning crap is a myth? if you want to add muscle mass you need to do high reps between the 8-10 range and for strength heavier weight less reps 5-8. what you are doing is fine though its exactly what i do i start with a lighter weight then up it considerably do two sets of relatively low reps (i still try to get at least 6 in) then finish it with a last set at the same weight i started.
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