# Thread: 3 sets of 8.........

1. ## 3 sets of 8.........

Do you guys think 3 sets of eight would be better for gaining mass, because i tend to get close to failure on more sets than I would like normally. What do you guys think?

2. "better for gaining mass" as opposed to what? what are you doing now?

3. i know you're journal is posted, but just give me the basic set/rep scheme.

4. I'm doing kind like 12, 10, 8 reps usually, but I feel im going to failure on too many sets doing this. I know 3X8 would be better for strength, what about mass?

5. Are you pyramiding the weight up each set?

6. yeah

7. Doesn't really matter dude, though I like 3 x 8 better.

8. It doesn't have to be so mathematically balanced and organized. Just throw on some weight and push as hard as you can, then up the weight for next set and push as hard as you can. Rinse and repeat for a few sets...depending on your set/rep scheme.

9. Someone told me on these forums that weight pyramids are not the best for gaining mass and strength. I can't remember who it was...
He went on to say that if you pyramid, you are not as fresh to lift the heavier weight by the last set, assuming you are at the highest weight on your final set.
He said to pick a heavy weight you think you would have trouble doing 6-8 reps with and do it like this.
He gave me this example: (warmups not included)
set 1. 60lbsx8
set 2. 60lbsx8
set 3. 60lbsx8
set 4. 50lbsx8

He drops weight on the last set because to get 8 reps out of it, that had to be done.

All the time I hear people telling everyone to "Lift Heavy". What I don't understand is does lifting heavy mean to do what was suggested to me, or is a pyramid up in weight also considered lifting heavy?
Lifting heavy to me sounds like picking a weight I would have trouble doing 8 times and bust that out for 3-4 sets..dropping down weight to get the same amout of reps each set.
When you pyramid up in weight, you are exhasting yourself before you get to the heaviest weight you plan to lift...so what if you start at the top of your pyramid on your first set? I'm probably confusing you more than you started as, so I will just shut up now.

Can someone jump in here and give a better understanding of weight related to reps and sets?

10. for as long as i can remember, i've done my heaviest work set first, and then drop weight from set to set to maintain the rep range. that's just what i've always done, and it's worked for me.

11. If you can only do 8 repetitions the first set then how would you still be able to do 8 reps by the 3rd set? Unless you're taking really long rests between sets you won't be able to do it.

If you are stopping at 8 when you can do more weight or more reps then I think you should either pump out a few more reps or add weight and do 8 reps to failure or nearly to failure.

I also don't like the idea of using your first two sets on lower weight and then going higher on the last set.

12. What I do is 4 sets of 8 while increasing the weight on each set. usually the last set is to fail or I stop at 6.

I feel that you will see more gains if you are increasing the weight every week, rather than just doing the same weight and increasing slowly.

If you do more reps, it is more for endurance than for size and strength. People say lift heavy because that is what you have to do to see gains.

13. I go up in weight after my first set. Here's what my benching looked like last week:

(not including warmup sets)
-135 x 9
-145 x 6
-145 x 4

But 135 is my "main set," that I try really hard to get PRs on.

I've been seeing good gains doing this.

14. Originally Posted by fatrb38
If you can only do 8 repetitions the first set then how would you still be able to do 8 reps by the 3rd set? Unless you're taking really long rests between sets you won't be able to do it.

If you are stopping at 8 when you can do more weight or more reps then I think you should either pump out a few more reps or add weight and do 8 reps to failure or nearly to failure.

I also don't like the idea of using your first two sets on lower weight and then going higher on the last set.
So what's left?
Did you just say you don't like either situations? Don't leave me hangin'

What do YOU do? When you go into the gym and do BB bench press, what do you do. Weight, reps, sets, drinks of water...etc

15. Usually something like this... let's take squats as an example.

Warmup Set: 6x275
Warmup Set: 4x315

Working Set: 9x345
Working Set: 7x345
Working Set: 6x345

It should be noted, of course, that I do not go anywhere close to failure for warmup sets but go nearly to failure for my working sets.

I'm not quite sure that it's a good idea to not go at least somewhat close to failure when lifting.

16. Originally Posted by IdaMAN
What I do is 4 sets of 8 while increasing the weight on each set. usually the last set is to fail or I stop at 6.
:withstupi Although in practice, I only do 3 sets. But I usually only take the last one to failure, with the heaviest weight.

17. So 1/2 of you pyramid up, some of you partial pyramid up, and the rest work with the same weight for your working sets BUT lower the reps each set...

Since everyone claims to have success in one method or the other, it just goes to show that there is no one way to get gains.
Everyone's different, and the only way to find out if 3 sets of 8 is going to make you huge, is to try it out for a while and see how it goes.

18. I do think that each working set should be hard and heavy though. No matter what the weight or reps is.

19. I do my warmup and then do threeish sets per exercise. I aim for 5-6 reps on my first set. I just do as many as I can from there on out. 5 5 5 would be amazing. It usually works out to 5-6, 5, 3-4 though. Keep in mind also, the length of time you allow your muscles to rest (I usually go 2.5-5 mins) highly influences your spread.

20. Thanks fellas for the advice, I used to do 3X8 for a while until switching to this for a while. I think im going to change it back though.

21. Yeah I think the different ways all work well. Even if one way is better than the other, it's probably by a somewhat negligible amount.

22. Isn't 3 sets excessive, according to WBB1 (unless one only does 2 exercises for a body part) ???

23. No, it's not excessive. In fact, I usually never go below 3 sets as a minimum, unless it's something not as important like shrugs or calf raises, then sometimes I will do like 2 sets.

24. this is what i did this week for chest,
flat bb - warm up x bar, 176 x 10, 198 x 8, 220 x 4+2, drop 110 x 20
ive always uped the weight progressively and lowered the reps throughout. i am not really bothered about the numbers however anymore i keep to a similar range but as long as i feel ive killed the muscle i dont mind.

25. sets of 3-4 and reps of 8-12 are for buiding muscle

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