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    Doing the minimal amount of sets that provide most of the stimulus?

    So as some of you know, it only takes just a few high quality sets for a muscle to get most of the stimulus in a training session needed to grow. Say 3 hard sets for a muscle group to reach I don't know...90% of potential growth. The thing is that you're sacrificing recovery time to reach that extra 10%. So for someone whose in no rush to get the most optimal results, is it fine to just keep the amount of hard sets to a minimum such as 3 or even 2 for a muscle group to avoid running into issues with recovery and overreaching? Does anyone here take that sort of approach anyways? I'd rather make steady gains consistently.

    I used to do the most amount of sets I could do in a single session (5 hard sets for a muscle) and even when I'd hit that muscle 3 days later, I still had soreness, I still had reduced performance and it wasn't really the most motivating thing. I would already feel my muscle annihilated after 3 sets and maybe it wasn't the best to put it through 2 more after that.
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    Sounds to me like you are taking each set way to close to failure tbh.

    I imagine 5 sensible sets would be better for progress and fatigue than 2 balls to the wall ones
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    Originally Posted by WolfRose7 View Post
    Sounds to me like you are taking each set way to close to failure tbh.

    I imagine 5 sensible sets would be better for progress and fatigue than 2 balls to the wall ones
    Yes that makes sense but going right up close to failure is just how I prefer to train which I guess over time is what has led me to this realization and making this thread. I've tried training the way you mentioned but I end up making too many excuses not to push it hard enough so it's like I have to leave myself no escape instead. It's like everything is relative in training. If you tweak one side of the equation, you must also tweak the other.

    I guess I underestimated training closer to failure for a very long time. I kept pushing the envelope on the volume to keep it at a good amount of sets such as 7 sets, then 5 sets, and my body just kept kicking back at me like "still too many sets buddy." It's like I was afraid to go under 5 because then on paper it would look like I'm hardly training volume wise. I would essentially have had to give up the frequency I was training at to really recover from it and that was a no no as well.
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    Train with the amount of volume and intensity that produces the results you are looking for, simple. Whether you’re doing really high volume or lower volume, going near failure more often or not...only you know what works for you. Not everyone is going to respond the same to something.

    I don’t think higher volume is better than lower volume and I don’t think lower volume is better than high volume, or going to failure more often versus keeping some in reserve...I think what produces the results you are looking for is what is right.

    It isn’t one size fits all.
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