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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Questions about 5x5

    Hi guys

    in my routine im doing 5x5 for my big 3 and I was wondering what would be better in term of strengh gain, 5 set of 5 with the same weight or doign 5 set and ramping to a max 5reps.

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    I like to use two ramping (progressively heavier) sets and three work (same weight) sets for the 5x5 squat. With the 5x5 deadlift, I like using five ramping sets.
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    and do you count those ramping set like a warmup ?

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    Do you guys find 5x5 effective for DL? I have been doing 5x3 lately and it's been going pretty well
    Age: 25
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    I do 5x5 some, especially after a meet. I seem to like 1X5, basically five heavy singles that is. Then I go to triple with gear. a few weeks before the meet. I do the same weight for sets and reps. This is just me. I've worked out what helps me gain and what seems to work best overall. If/when this quits working, I'll try something else. Just trial and error. Take care!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    I like to use two ramping (progressively heavier) sets and three work (same weight) sets for the 5x5 squat. With the 5x5 deadlift, I like using five ramping sets.
    I like this approach to 5x5 much better than straight sets. Typically my first set will be very light maybe 40-50% of my 1RM, my second set will just be somewhere between that and what ever weight I'll be doing my working sets at. Then I'll do 3x5 at the same weight for working sets.

    Quote Originally Posted by charles_316 View Post
    Do you guys find 5x5 effective for DL? I have been doing 5x3 lately and it's been going pretty well
    I made the best progress on DL doing sets of 3. It's a really exhausting lift when you get to heavy weights and you don't want your form to break down. Currently I'm on 5/3/1 so I get to mix it up. Some days I'll pull a final set of 10 reps other days I'll only pull 3 reps. It depends on where I'm at in the cycle.
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    Ramping worked for me very well at first, but now I've found that I'm starting to stick a little more than I'd like... so I've moved to what OffRoad was talking about, with basically 3 working sets of the same weight, and it's helped me get through the plateaus... that and deloading.
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