Question on heavy weight/low rep...

  • manpit209

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    Jan 20, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    For those of you who are doing heavy weight/low rep to bulk up, how many reps would be considered "low rep?" Would 5 reps be efficient? Or maybe 8? How much is considered low? Thanks!
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 21, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    5-6 reps for if you want to work on strength. 8-12 reps is more for hypertrophy (getting bigger), but you would also have to slowly lower the weight while you're at it. Regardless, either would stimulate muscle growth, but the 8-12 rep range would give better results if you're looking for building muscle. At least that's what the studies show.

    A bodybuilder may say otherwise, but hey, whatever methods they picked works for them.
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    I stick to the 6-10 rep range
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    I try to stick between 6 and 8 reps, but will often dip down to a minimum of 4 reps on my last set in order to put up a heavier weight. Most people will say 4-6 or 6-8.
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    Jan 26, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    I usually do 8-12 reps and on some exercises, do 12-15 reps. But try to use as heavy as a weight as possible if your trying to put on the muscle. A strong muscle is a big muscle.
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    Jan 26, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    So there you have it... answers all over the clock
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    Jan 27, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    And yet another fitness myth. icon_lol.gif

    If you wanna "bulk", then eat pizzas all day. If you want to gain muscle mass, then hypertrophy is what you want, like Jessie said previously.
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    Jan 27, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    Jessie_Lee said5-6 reps for if you want to work on strength. 8-12 reps is more for hypertrophy (getting bigger), but you would also have to slowly lower the weight while you're at it. Regardless, either would stimulate muscle growth, but the 8-12 rep range would give better results if you're looking for building muscle. At least that's what the studies show.

    A bodybuilder may say otherwise, but hey, whatever methods they picked works for them.


    I graduated with plenty of guys who were muscular and did sports, and I agree with this. Our school's lifting program looked like this:

    6 reps higher weight=strength
    8 reps=hypertrophy
    12 reps lower weight=tone
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    Jan 27, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    No idea but would also like to know since I traditionally train low weight high rep (15-20) strict form to lean out and stay injury-free.
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    Jan 27, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    I stick in the 3-6 range. On the last set, I drop the weight and lift to exhaustion.

    It's led to several injuries but impressively fast results.