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    Just started my bulk and have been lifting for about 3 years with different strategies. The past year I've really focused on doing high weight, low rep, but I didn't know if I should be doing more 5-8 reps or stick with what I do now which is 3-6 (sometimes only 2 if I'm pushing how much I can put on in my final set).

    A rule of thumb I use is as long as I don't plateau it's fine (which I have not), but should I at least be mixing in an exercise per muscle of higher reps (even 10-15 range)?
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    I would mix it up from time to time, I saw a really good documentary about Arnold, He was saying he will change it up so he could "shock" his muscles and his body because after awhile your body will get used to that rep range.
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    I would take the reps up a little. Not by much--5-8 would be great--but 3-6 is a little on the low end. It's been pretty firmly established that hypertrophy is similar from 30% of your 1RM to 85% of your 1RM, but aiming for right in the middle tends to be nice--most of my working sets end up between 70% and 80% at an RPE right around 7. Seen great progress in both mass and strength, but it does vary from person to person.
    Try switching it up and see how it goes! Worst case scenario, you decide you need to go back to your old strategy.
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    cool - 5-8 reps it is! Will reevaluate in a few months, thanks guys!
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    Originally Posted by wesleymazda View Post
    Just started my bulk and have been lifting for about 3 years with different strategies. The past year I've really focused on doing high weight, low rep, but I didn't know if I should be doing more 5-8 reps or stick with what I do now which is 3-6 (sometimes only 2 if I'm pushing how much I can put on in my final set).

    A rule of thumb I use is as long as I don't plateau it's fine (which I have not), but should I at least be mixing in an exercise per muscle of higher reps (even 10-15 range)?
    When I start experimenting with something new in my workout as far as reps and weight I will start with two light weight high reps sets combine with two high weight sets. Then each exercise you go feeling it out. I train biceps with mixed rep ranges from 8-30 and implementing drop sets.
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    Originally Posted by wesleymazda View Post
    Just started my bulk and have been lifting for about 3 years with different strategies. The past year I've really focused on doing high weight, low rep, but I didn't know if I should be doing more 5-8 reps or stick with what I do now which is 3-6 (sometimes only 2 if I'm pushing how much I can put on in my final set).

    A rule of thumb I use is as long as I don't plateau it's fine (which I have not), but should I at least be mixing in an exercise per muscle of higher reps (even 10-15 range)?
    What did you do much of the past 3 years, and how did the different things you did work for you in terms of results and progress?

    The past year you've done that? What progress have you made?

    If it's working and keeps working on the timeline of around a year or even close, why change it? One of the cardinal rules ought to be (or is?): Don't stop doing something that is working aka "If it ain't broke don't fix it"
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    Originally Posted by wesleymazda View Post
    Just started my bulk and have been lifting for about 3 years with different strategies.
    Post your current program OP.
    Old, but not obsolete.
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