How often?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 20, 2011 12:20 PM GMT
    Do you up your weights? I've been working with the same weights for about 2 months and still not being able to do more.
    So was just wondering how often others do.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 20, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    When I was working out for raw strength, I'd up the weights about every 2-3 weeks...sometimes sooner, depending on a variety of factors (diet, rest, recently laid, etc).

    Now I just workout for fun to maintain, and control body composition with diet.
  • calibro

    Posts: 8888

    Jul 20, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    S60turbo saidDo you up your weights? I've been working with the same weights for about 2 months and still not being able to do more.
    So was just wondering how often others do.


    there's no rule. you do it when you're ready, and frankly, most of the time it's not worth it. too many guys have this ego that makes them think more weight is better; often i find it far more effective to just up the reps on the current weight or supers set the exercise. most of the time, 25 pounds is all you need.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 20, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    I switch it up.

    Let say Monday I do biceps.

    I do 3 sets 8-10

    Then Sat/Sun depending on if I go out or not...I do 4 sets 18-20.

    usually by Fri/Sat the next week I can go up in weight for 2/3 sets of the 8-10.


    Keep that rotation up and I've gone up about 5-10lbs depending on the exercise in all areas. Works wonderful!
  • Latenight30

    Posts: 1525

    Jul 20, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    depends if you have a goal.
    I stack on all my sets. adding 10 lbs each set per exercise.
    I want to do a 180lb bench, 300lb squat. If you are getting results stick to what you have. I seem to respond better by making little adjustments
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 23, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    Defenseon saidI switch it up.

    Let say Monday I do biceps.

    I do 3 sets 8-10

    Then Sat/Sun depending on if I go out or not...I do 4 sets 18-20.

    usually by Fri/Sat the next week I can go up in weight for 2/3 sets of the 8-10.


    Keep that rotation up and I've gone up about 5-10lbs depending on the exercise in all areas. Works wonderful!



    I do something similar.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 23, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    it depends on the muscle. smaller muscles it takes me about 4 weeks. larger muscles i can do in 2 weeks. i usually make sure i can maintain proper form before increasing the weights.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 23, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    I try to up it by 2.5 for at least one set and see how I do. If I can keep form then I stick with it, if not then I drop back down.
  • joxguy

    Posts: 236

    Jul 23, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    dpends on what you are trying to do. If you are trying to build up your body, then find the weight you can do 3 sets easily-15-12-10 reps. when you can do three sets easily you can up your weight by 5 lbs.

    If you are happy with you current muscle development and you are lifting to keep toned, then instead of sets move to reps. Find the weight again you can handle easily and do 12-12-12 per set and instead of increasing weight just increase the number of reps per set
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 24, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
    Defenseon saidI switch it up.

    Let say Monday I do biceps.

    I do 3 sets 8-10

    Then Sat/Sun depending on if I go out or not...I do 4 sets 18-20.

    usually by Fri/Sat the next week I can go up in weight for 2/3 sets of the 8-10.


    Keep that rotation up and I've gone up about 5-10lbs depending on the exercise in all areas. Works wonderful!


    This.

    Also when going up in weight I find it easiest to go up 2.5 every other workout per muscle grp. So one week is maintaining, the next is increasing. Having a spotter is obviously a huge benefit for increasing weight.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 24, 2011 11:47 AM GMT
    S60turbo saidDo you up your weights? I've been working with the same weights for about 2 months and still not being able to do more.
    So was just wondering how often others do.


    Up the weight, lower the reps.