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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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Thread: Add more sets?

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    Add more sets?

    I'm following a very simple routine, which is based just on a handful exercises, like Squats, Bench Presses, Bent-Over Rows, Military Presses, Pullovers and such.

    I never do more than a couple of exercises per day, and I usually do 3-4 sets with 8-10 reps for each exercise. Should I do like 6-7 sets or even more, since I do just a few exercises?

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    3 to 4 sets is fine, how does your split look like exactly?
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    I haven't a routine set on stone. As I said, I tend to stick to 1 or 2 exercises a day, but I vary each week.

    I know 3 or 4 sets is usually fine for people that do 5 exercises in a workout... Wouldn't it be better if I added a couple of extra sets?

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    post up how your routine looks like somewhat like this:

    monday-chest
    tuesday-legs etc.... how many sets/reps
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    I know what you mean when asking that, but I'm really unable to post a routine, since I don't have a planned one. However, I can give you an example of how it could look like in a given week:


    monday: bench press
    tuesday: military press
    wednesday: rest
    thursday: squats
    friday: barbell rows and pullovers
    saturday: rest
    sunday: rest


    Anyway, since I workout in my backyard, when it rains, I'll switch days. The only day I never ever lift is Saturday. When I have worked out too light during the week, I sometimes workout on sunday.

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    im sure he has made some.


    he's doing way more then the average american.

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    I'm doing pretty fine, but I started just recently. My Military Presses are sky-rocketing, the other lifts have gone up just a bit, dunno why.

    Would I have better gains if I added some sets?

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    if you're progressing,keep it as is
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    I don't follow a set routine either. I usually do say bench and bent over rows on one day. Rest for 2 to 4 days. Do squat and shrugs or military pressess. Rest for 2 to 4 days. Do deadlifts and dips. Rest for 2 to 4 days. I do a couple of warmup sets and usually no more than 3 or 4 work sets. Sometimes a couple of lockouts. Following this routine I've seen strength, size and injury improvements. So far I've found less is more. It saves me stressing about missing a workout and fits much nicer with my lifestyle. This has worked for me for the last 2 months. And they're not newbie gains.

    All that leads me to beleive adding sets is probably not going to make any good difference. But thats my body not yours.
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    If you are doing 3-4 sets and you are considering increasing that to 6-7 sets, maybe you're not really working all that hard in the first place?

    Increase the weights, keep the same set pattern.

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    Try doing a search for 'sets in workout' or something like that and I know you'll find some good threads. I'd stop worrying so much about sets/exercise and look more at total sets per workout, and just make sure that you feel you have enough diversity in exercises in a workout.
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