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    Volume...anything left???

    I've got a question thats been nagging me for some time. I've been following a routine with a fairly low volume and can get through it in under an hour. My lifts have been progressing well and I've been making consitent gains. But I'm curious, do any of you feel like you have some left in you after you are done a certain bodypart, another set maybe?

    It feels sometimes like i'm not pushing myself hard enough, and the problem is that I don't want to do over 10 reps, and if I increase the weight, either 1) my form suffers and I cannot complete an effective set, or 2)I can complete a set with less than my desired number of reps. I try to stay about 6-8 reps with focused 212 intensity, at about 85%+ of my 1RM.

    How do you talk yourself out of doing some more?...I often feel like I've got at least one more set in me for certain bodyparts.
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    Try doing the set, and see what happens.
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    I just think about how much easier it will be to progress and beat all of my currnet lifts the following week if I don't do any more, do too many sets and it becomes almost impossible to progress on every one the following week

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    well if your still gaining why change it?

    but if you want just try adding an extra set on all your exercises if you really feel the want to really push it to the max
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    do too many sets and it becomes almost impossible to progress on every one the following week
    This is what I DON'T want, but don't really understand why. What happens with that extra set that slows/stops progress?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pusher
    This is what I DON'T want, but don't really understand why. What happens with that extra set that slows/stops progress?
    Just think about it, the more sets you do, the more tired you are, my old routine I did Bench Press, Db Flys, Close Grip Bench, Incline Dbs, Dips and Pushdowns, 3 sets of 8-12, my bench would go up pretty steadily, but I hardly progressed at all on dips becuase by the time I got to them, I had very little strength left. If I cut it down to only Bench, Incline Dumbell Press and Dips, I'm pretty sure I could progress on dips almost every week

    Not to mention that you risk overtraining by doing too many sets

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    Dude, you're just not going to failure. Just because you can still do the weight a couple more times doesn't mean you have just as good of a workout with what you've already done. It's cool.
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