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    Low reps for mass?

    I'm currently using a workout program to build mass and it has me doing low reps (3-5) for each set. But only 2 sets per workout and i dont feel that is enough. Will it hurt trying to put on mass by doing several more sets with the low reps? So i would basically be doing high sets low reps to put on mass and weight? All help is appreciated!
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    for 3-5 reps to build any mass, a high workload is vital.
    "Though the concept is not scientifically validated in detail (it should be considered as a hypothesis rather than a scientific theory), it is useful from a practical standpoint. When training athletes, it is impossible to wait until scientific research provides all of the necessary knowledge." Vladmir M. Zatsiorsky, Ph.D.
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    Originally Posted by gomez26 View Post
    for 3-5 reps to build any mass, a high workload is vital.
    So are you saying i should do high sets? I'm all for that! I just didn't want to ruin building mass by doing that.
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    If you are doing low reps, then you'll want several sets and possibly higher frequency. You absolutely can gain plenty of muscle without doing high rep work, but you have to approach things a little differently.
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    Originally Posted by Mattdv37 View Post
    So are you saying i should do high sets? I'm all for that! I just didn't want to ruin building mass by doing that.
    yes. who told u high sets will ruin building mass? mike mentzer?
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    Originally Posted by gomez26 View Post
    yes. who told u high sets will ruin building mass? mike mentzer?
    Lol no one im just making sure before i start doing something so i wont later regret it. Thanks though!
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    low rep high weight
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    I'm confused by this, because if you look at powerlifting forms or look at how actual bodybuilders lift, the consensus is low repetitions are to increase your strength, and it is the rep range of 8 to 15 reps that builds muscle (mass).

    But I hear people say all the time, high weight low reps for mass.

    If that is so, what exactly do the sets that use reps of more than 5 do?
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    I'll second what has already been said. Low reps can work amazingly well for mass building (just as high reps can), however you will want a high frequincy and a lot of sets if your goal is to gain size quickly from them.
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    Originally Posted by JasonDB View Post
    I'll second what has already been said. Low reps can work amazingly well for mass building (just as high reps can), however you will want a high frequincy and a lot of sets if your goal is to gain size quickly from them.
    Call me stupid but what do you mean by having a "high frequency"? What does that mean?
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    Two sets per workout? What is your definition of a 'workout'?
    Bodybuilding is 60% training and 50% diet. Yes that adds up to 110%, because that's what you should be giving it. Change the inside, and the physique will follow.
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    Originally Posted by Mattdv37 View Post
    Call me stupid but what do you mean by having a "high frequency"? What does that mean?
    Training the same lifts/muscle groups often. A high frequincy is 3+ times a week. Meaning you bench, squat etc all 3x a week or more.
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