Workout terminology help!

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    Sep 14, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    Okay, so I'm doing this HIML-4 workout, which I love but the phrasing for week two has me completely confused it says:

    muscleandstrength.comDuring week 2 you will be performing a limited number of sets, but each set will be very intense. As with week 1, rest as long as possible before attempting subsequent sets. All sets are trained to failure, and beyond.

    After the pre-exhaust sets, each exercise is performed using 4 second negatives. Perform all non pre-exhaust sets to failure. Once you reach failure, rest for 15 seconds, and then perform 3 drop sets at, or near failure, with no rest in between sets.

    When you can perform 10 reps for any given non pre-exhaust set, add weight the next time you perform this workout and exercise.

    Rest until you feel "physically ready" before starting another set. As with week one, do not add in sets. The point of week 2 is take to rest from volume and heavy weight, and to stimulate muscle growth using high intensity techniques.


    http://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/himl-4-maximum-muscle-building-workout-system.html

    It says all sets are trained to failure...but then talks about drop sets with no rest... but says to rest as long as possible in the beginning?

    And if they are to failure, why does it give a rep goal.. should I be using enough weight so that failure is achieved in that range? (that is what I'm doing now)

    I mean either way its working, but this is the second time around so I want to do it right if I am not.
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    Sep 15, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    Dude. Hire a personal trainer. I'm not one and I don't use one even though I'm gorgeous and muscualr, but hiring one would be make you more muscular than the do it yourself approach. They' only trying to sell you something in the end.
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    Sep 15, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    HELP: 1st question are you working out alone?
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    Sep 15, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    It actually sounds like you've got it. "Pre-exhaust" is kind of a strange term, but it's intuitive enough. You're also correct about your "working to failure" theory. Choose a weight that will bring you to failure within the recommended number of reps. Good luck!
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    Sep 15, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    liquidfuture saidIt actually sounds like you've got it. "Pre-exhaust" is kind of a strange term, but it's intuitive enough. You're also correct about your "working to failure" theory. Choose a weight that will bring you to failure within the recommended number of reps. Good luck!


    Thanks!


    barriehomeboy saidDude. Hire a personal trainer. I'm not one and I don't use one even though I'm gorgeous and muscualr, but hiring one would be make you more muscular than the do it yourself approach. They' only trying to sell you something in the end.


    It would be rather expensive to hire a personal trainer just to answer a question, when I can just ask the board and someone will come along to confirm my thoughts, *looks above.*

    Personal trainers have their place certainly but I am well motivated, have a good diet and I'm more than pleased with my progress over the last year. My friend is also a personal trainer, but I thought I'd float this one by you guys to spare myself a lecture icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 15, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    The_Dollarwine saidHELP: 1st question are you working out alone?


    Is this a spiritual question? ;)

    People at my gym are pretty friendly and willing to spot for the appropriate exercises.
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    Sep 15, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    adam228 said
    It says all sets are trained to failure...but then talks about drop sets with no rest... but says to rest as long as possible in the beginning?

    It says all sets are trained to failure...but then talks about drop sets with no rest... but says to rest as long as possible in the beginning?


    I'm thinking the resting as long as possible (which seems like a really confusing phrase just by itself) is for between the drop set and the regular set to failure. So it'd be like

    {set to failure}{drop set}{rest}, {set to failure}{drop set}{rest}...

    adam228 said
    And if they are to failure, why does it give a rep goal.. should I be using enough weight so that failure is achieved in that range? (that is what I'm doing now)



    I agree with liquidfuture.