Quick question about weight-lifting

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Zachol82, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Zachol82

    Zachol82 Professional

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    I've seen many people at my local gym increases their weight as they go through their sets. For example, if I start out at 200lbs, on isometric bench presses, for 15 reps, my second set would be 210lbs for 10 reps and my last set would be 220lbs for 5 reps.

    What if I were to reverse this by starting with heavier weights? For example, if I start out at 220lbs, on isometric bench presses, for 5 reps, my second set would be 210lbs for 10 reps and my last set would be 200lbs for 15 reps. Would this change anything?

    I was thinking that if I started out heavy then work my way downward, while increasing reps, would be a better work out.

    Reason? Doing 5 reps of 220lbs would be a lot harder on the third set than doing 5 reps of 220lbs at the beginning of the set. I would probably be able to do 7-8 reps of 220lbs if I started out with it, and therefore would end up lifting more net-weight.

    Of course, all this is assuming that my muscles are already warmed up. I would not start out with the heaviest weight I can handle otherwise.
     
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  2. mike53

    mike53 Professional

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    Both of these are valid progressions. I find that decreasing weight and increasing reps gets me a really good pump and allows me to keep better form at the point of exhaustion.
     
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  3. r2473

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    There are as many opinions on this as there are people in the gym or magazines in the rack.

    And everybody thinks their way is the only way.
     
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