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How to superset effectively?

I am just starting to incorporate some dumbbell exercises in my workout. I try to reduce pauses between exercises to get more stuff done in the same time and spend less time waiting. At the moment I ...
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Any benefits to doing really low or really high number of reps per set?

The lowest I have gone is 6 reps per set for heavier weights and up to 20 reps for lighter weights. I will often do a high number of sets when I use the pyramid method, ranging from 8 to 20 reps ...
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How many sets and reps should I do as a beginner?

About a year ago, I asked a question looking for a list of beginner dumbbell exercises. A user suggested this helpful website, which I promptly bookmarked. Having procrastinated for the past 10 months ...
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What are you views on progress between rep range vs. fixed reps?

Assuming the goal is to progress in size and strength using weight training, what are you thoughts on a routine that either: 1) Uses a rep range of 5-8 (for example), where you start workout day 1 ...
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Why are strength programs made the way they are - much of the same, regular intervals, same program for a long time

The strength training programs I have seen typically have: Few exercises Many sets of each Do the same program for a few months then change - Usually for example on kind of pull-down replaced with a ...
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What is the difference betweeen 9 and 10 reps? - - - - - - (If you can do 10) [closed]

Say you can do 10 pushups. Supposedly you should go close to failure to have a good training effect. But if you look on the muscles; the point is to break them down, to rebuild them stronger. And 9 ...
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Why not just increase the number of sets?

Suppose that you want to gain muscle mass by using a pair of dumbbells which are NOT so challenging for you anymore. You could probably increase the resistance with heavier weights, but you train at ...
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Varying Rep Ranges During a Workout

My question is...Is my work out routine useful for mass or is it completely wrong? For quite a while, I followed a routine where I would start with 3 or 4 sets of a tough excercise and heavy weights ...
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Should rep range be determined by muscle fiber composition?

There are many people, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hodge Twins, who say that endurance and stabilizer muscles should be worked out at high rep ranges (16+) for optimal hypertrophy. Their ...
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One rep max formula - why do I get tired during warm-up

I'm doing a reverse on the one rep max formula. That is, if my one rep max in a certain exercise is 30 kg, then following the 1RM = m(30 + r)/30 formula, you get r = 30(RM - m)/m . But this would ...
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What is safer for your spinal disks: short, high-load sets or longer sets with less weight?

I remember to have read somewhere (and it seems to me reasonable) that you might damage your spinal disks by repetitive excessive stress with not enough recovery time (yes, correct form for the ...
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What reps/sets should I use in bodyweight excersices, if I need to train for total count of repetitions?

For example, I'm currently doing a lot of push-ups, and I need to increase number of push-ups I am able to do in a row (currently, I can do 34 push-ups in a single attempt). My current routine is ...
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Fatigue after a certain amount of reps, no matter what the weight is!

I have noticed that I fatigue and develop a swollen or "tight" feeling in my muscles from doing too many reps. The amount of reps defined as "too many" is any over about 5. I notice that even if I'm ...
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How to keep a specific rhythm during sets?

I would like to keep a consistent rhythm during sets and reps (Like 4 seconds down, hold 1s, 4 s up, pause 1s). Any tips for how to do this? What would ideal cues look/sound like?