Is it bad if this happens during weight training?

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    Oct 09, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    I'll do my first set of workouts and be able to do 12 reps with a set weight.
    The 2nd set I start to do I can't do 12 reps with the same weight.
    It feels as if my strength is stunned and I can only do up to like 8 full ones without throwing it up there.
    Is there a reason for this?
    I tend to experience this a lot.
  • Skyboundbull

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    Oct 10, 2012 12:54 AM GMT
    Here are some things you can try:

    - use less weight and build up to the heavier weights.
    - give yourself enough rest between sets.
    - if its a certain muscle use isolation exercises to focus on building the endurance of that muscle.

    Hope this helps!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 10, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Here is probably what is happening.
    1. U might not be allowing yourself enough time to recover from the first set
    2. U might be lifting a little to heavy. If you are struggling to get 12 on the first set than it is probably too heavy.
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    Oct 10, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    You're probably going to failure on the first set and your rep range is too high. That's what I used to do and I plateaued pretty quickly doing that. I personally think the 5-10 rep range is the best rep range for building both strength and muscle. I increase the weight when I'm able to do 5 sets of 10 with a specific weight.
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    Oct 10, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    -If you're failing at 12 reps you should be resting 30-90 seconds. You may want to drop the weight a little if the 12 rep set is meant to be your warm up. The shorter your rest period the less time your body has to recover from the stress that was placed on it.
    -I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing if you're failing at 8 reps if it's in line with your goals. 6-12 reps is the range for muscle growth.
    -Make sure your nutrition is good, and that you're eating something before workouts. Also make sure you're giving your body enough recovery time. Supplements can be helpful, but always be cognizant about what you're putting into your body.
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    Oct 10, 2012 10:53 AM GMT
    Use a weight that you can lift with proper form.

    Lower the weight if it's too heavy.

    Ignore your inner machismo that tells you to lift heavier than you're capable of (ego lifting)...unless you're just showing off for some hot guy who's gonna meet you in the sauna later.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Oct 10, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ...unless you're just showing off for some hot guy who's gonna meet you in the sauna later.


    Come on where are the ""you cruise you lose" sisters? Anyone Anyone?