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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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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    Endurance for hypertrophy

    My endurance is starting to be a problem when trying to hit my target volume (roughly 3-4 sets of 8).

    The biggest problem is dumbell bench. I do it every 5-7 days, and do tricep pushes and pec flys to finish up. Dont do any other chest or tricep on other days. Every set is to failure.

    In the past 7 workouts it's gone like this (kg dumbells):

    1: 8 @ 22, 8 @ 24, 7 @ 24, 5 @ 24
    2: 7 @ 24, 8 @ 24, 6 @ 24, 13 @ 18, 13 @ 18
    3: 10 @ 24, 7 @ 24, 5 @ 24, 8 @ 18
    4: 12 @ 26, 7 @ 28, 6 @ 28, 3 @ 28
    5: 7.5 @ 28, 4 @ 28, stopped counting coz it was getting too hard
    6: 9 @ 30, 3 @ 30, 8 @ 28, 3 @ 28
    7: 9 @ 30, 3 @ 30, stopped counting coz it was getting too hard

    So that's from 49lb dbs, to 66lb dbs in 5 weeks or whatever. Fine progress I reckon. Feels like my triceps just cant take it after the first set any more.

    Hence the problem, I only managed 12 good reps in total, instead of 28.

    So I feel like I'm going to platueu because I cant do the volume. Had anyone else had this problem?

    Do you think I should drop weights and go to a higher rep range? Like 15 reps? Or do triceps on a different day inbetween chest to build their endurance? Or stop going to failure so hard except the last set (I class failure as 2 seconds of it just not moving while I try my hardest).

    Thanks for any ideas.

    IRN-BRU
    Last edited by IRN-BRU; 04-04-2005 at 08:24 AM.
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