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    Stupid newbie question

    I am very new to all of this.

    What is a rep and what is a set? What is failure?

    just to cement it in my head can someone explain what this means exactly: 2 sets x 5 reps


    Thank you.
    Last edited by Yah Yah; 04-05-2004 at 10:41 PM.

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    100% Natural harryhoudini66's Avatar
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    2x5 reps


    For example-

    I bench press 150 pounds for five repetitions.

    I do this a second time.

    I did 2x5 reps

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    You're got it. One set of 5 reps, rest, then one more set of 5 reps for a total of 10.
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    No such thing as a stupid question. Well . . . I retract that last statement, I have been reading this forum long enough to know better. But to answer your question, a rep is a repetition or the individual times you perform the exercise. A set is an exercise performed for X amount of times. So 2 sets of 5 reps is indeed 10 reps. You do 5 repetitions (1 set), rest, then 5 more repetitions (2nd set).

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    Thanks guys. Well, I'm a hardgainer and I was going to do this routine but it doesn't seem like Bench Pressing: 2 sets x 5 reps is enough?


    Monday

    Bench Press: 2 sets x 5 reps
    Weighted Dips: 2 sets x 10 reps
    Skull Crushers: 2 sets x 8 reps
    Calf Raises: 2 sets x 20 reps
    Full Squats: 3 sets x 10 reps

    Tuesday

    T-bar Rows: 3 sets x 6 reps
    Dumbbell Shoulder Presses: 2 sets x 6 reps
    Barbell Curls: 3 sets x 8 reps

    Thursday

    Bench Press: 2 sets x 8 reps
    Incline Press: 2 sets x 8 reps
    Skull Crushers: 2 sets x 8 reps
    Deadlifts: 3 sets x 3 reps
    Calf Raises: 2 sets x 20 reps

    Friday

    Wide Grip Chins: 2 sets x as many as possible
    Curl Grip Chins: 2 sets x as many as possible
    Dumbbell Shoulder Presses: 2 sets x 8 reps
    Dumbbell Hammer Curls: 2 sets x 8 reps

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    Your workout looks ok. But because you are a beginner I would do something like WBB1 (http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=25). It involves compound movements, each session takes less that an hour and best of all it works. If you are a hard gainer you are going to need to eat more and workout hard (push yourself every workout). It is as simple as that. Will you have to push yourself? Yes. But you will reap the benefits. Good luck.
    Last edited by DoUgL@S; 04-05-2004 at 11:41 PM.

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