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    Reps on a bulk workout

    This is just the boards opinion, but when you go heavy, how many reps do you usually do? is it 3 sets of 6 reps, 8 reps? more or less?
    or do you guys (and girls) pyramid down 10 rep for set 1, 8 for set 2, and 6 for set 3 for example.

    Thanks

    P.S. I know this is all relative to the person, but i still felt like it would be good to hear other peoples comments.

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    For bulking I assume you mean putting on muscle weight/size. Keep it in the 5-9 rep range.

    From what I understand the peak amount of reps for muscle strength is 3 reps, peak amount of reps for hypertrophy is 7 or 8. So try to stay around those numbers.

    Remember bulking has a lot to do with your diet too. Eat a lot of calories and definitely a lot of protein.

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    1-5 reps, anything more than 5 reps the intensity isnt high enough, and do alot of sets of a few exercises with basic movements. Cardinal rule, train to get stronger and eat to get bigger


    i rarlely go over 5 reps 3-5 is my usualy range on all working sets
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    when i train i 'usually' get the reps from 0-5, warmups being the exception.
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    I used to train in the 6-8 rep range, but I've pushed it up to the 8-12 rep range when I'm bulking 'cause I'm finding it better for hypertrophy, for my body anyway. I use 6-8 rep sets for cutting, so I can keep the weight heavy on lower cals.

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    Yea I'm totally opposite I have to go heavy for hypertrophy 3-6 reps.

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    I use HST so I will usually be doing 15, 10 or 5 rep sets.

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    I read my dad's weightlifting books a while ago that were written in the 70s and 80s. It basically says the best way to work out is to pyramid your reps/weight. Is this still practical?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShredIsNotDead
    I read my dad's weightlifting books a while ago that were written in the 70s and 80s
    You should have just stopped there. Don't read old literature when you can find more modern literature (including this sight of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROMANMAN
    Yea I'm totally opposite I have to go heavy for hypertrophy 3-6 reps.

    Women have a slightly less well-developed CNS, and often respond to slightly higher rep ranges. I still don't go very high rep, but yes, higher than you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    You should have just stopped there. Don't read old literature when you can find more modern literature (including this sight of course).
    Hmm... There's a lot to learn from the old-timers... Sure, some of it is crap, but so is most of the stuff you find on the internet and in BBing mags...

    Take a look at this site. It is simply awesome. Some of it is amusing, but some of it makes you shake your head at how amazingly ahead of their time some of these guys were.

    http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/Competit...pindex.htm#cyr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    I used to train in the 6-8 rep range, but I've pushed it up to the 8-12 rep range when I'm bulking 'cause I'm finding it better for hypertrophy, for my body anyway. I use 6-8 rep sets for cutting, so I can keep the weight heavy on lower cals.

    Great minds think alike. For the last year or so I've gone almost always higher than 8 and have found the results much better. In fact lately I've been doing one set with rest paused so really it's like 15+ reps and i'm lovin it.
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    Smalls I hate to ask but I haven't seen you around much lately so... are you a male or female?

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    Built can answer that one for ya (wink), lol. JK. I'm male.
    Diet is key, the calorie is king

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Hmm... There's a lot to learn from the old-timers... Sure, some of it is crap, but so is most of the stuff you find on the internet and in BBing mags...

    Take a look at this site. It is simply awesome. Some of it is amusing, but some of it makes you shake your head at how amazingly ahead of their time some of these guys were.

    http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/Competit...pindex.htm#cyr
    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    You should have just stopped there. Don't read old literature when you can find more modern literature (including this sight of course).
    Put your egos aside for 2 seconds here and answer my original question. Is it still practical to pyramid weight/reps, or do most people nowadays just go 8/8/8 (example).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShredIsNotDead
    Put your egos aside for 2 seconds here and answer my original question. Is it still practical to pyramid weight/reps, or do most people nowadays just go 8/8/8 (example).
    Unless human physiology has changed dramatically in the last 40 years it should still work

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