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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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    Senior Member OGROK's Avatar
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    Newbie question about 5x5

    So I was thinking of starting a 5x5 program, but I am not sure I completely understand such routines. It seems like some 5x5 routines have you gradually ramping the weight up between sets, specifically Billy Starr's, but others seem to have you doing each set with the same amount of weight. Like this one doesn't mention ramping : building-muscle101.com/5-x-5-weight-training-program.html but apparently it is still a 5x5 routine? From some comments I have seen, I was led to believe that all 5x5 routines had you gradually ramping the weights up?

    To be honest, I am not a big fan of the ramping scheme, and I don't think I have the patience (or organization) to calculate the precise amount of weight I am using for each and every set and so forth. Does it make sense to just do one or two warmup sets and then 5 sets @ 85%, or is ramping a necessary component of all 5x5 routines?
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    It's really up to you how you wish to do it. I do 5x5 for lifts such as squat, bench, deadlift, dips, chins, and rows in my routine while keeping the weight the same throughout. I obviously warm up with lighter weights before my working sets though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OGROK View Post
    To be honest, I am not a big fan of the ramping scheme, and I don't think I have the patience (or organization) to calculate the precise amount of weight I am using for each and every set and so forth. Does it make sense to just do one or two warmup sets and then 5 sets @ 85%, or is ramping a necessary component of all 5x5 routines?
    Nothing is set in stone with weightlifting. However, I do believe that ramping the weights, when you're using 5x5, is a good idea.

    So maybe you don't have the patience to do all the math yourself... That's what computers are for my friend!

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    5x5 with sets across is a tried and true method. In Practical Programming they didn't even mention ramping through 5 sets. Certainly you get a lot more tonnage doing sets across.
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