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    Wannabebig Member
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    Low Volume?

    So when people say to do low volume workouts, that means not working the same muscles with different exercises (a la squats + leg extensions + lunges), right? Or if you do this, change up the rep schemes (5x5 for the biggest compound lifts and 3x8 for subsequent targeted lifts), correct?

    But if you do that, wouldn't workouts only take around thirty minutes to complete? Of course everyone says that low volume is good, but why?

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    small flabby and hairy joelhall's Avatar
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    low volume means limiting the total work sets for a specific bodypart or a whole training session. this is best for beginners or people working in very high intensity as it avoids too much microtrauma building up in fibres, leading over time to overtraining.

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    Senior Member Sensei's Avatar
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    A lot of people get stuck in the idea that there must be an inverse relationship between volume and intensity. This just isn't the case at all and there will be times that training will revolve around high-intensity/high-volume, times where there will be moderate-intensity/moderate-volume and also times where there will be low-intensity/low-volume work - as well as any number of combinations.

    Read this:
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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