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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
What's hyperbolic about kettlebells or walking? They both are able to increase strength for many people, but the increases taper quickly, just like push-ups or sub-optimal barbell strength training programs. This is exactly the point I intended to make.
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
@michael I've qualified my statements pretty carefully, and I think you're ignoring those qualifications. His goals are strength & size, and efficiency towards reaching those goals is a part of any answer to effectiveness. To be absolutely clear: of course it will get him stronger. My first statement was not absolutely clear on that; mea culpa.
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answered Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
@Moses has the correct, these are strip sets, which have some synonyms listed here.
Sep
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
@michael As for Wendler, I'd respond that assistance work should often be programmed differently from heavy prime mover compound work. Again, I'm not saying this is a bad program, or that one won't get stronger. I'm saying that any program or exercise can get one stronger.
Sep
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
@michael My criticism is not that it won't work, since that's not the OP's question, and I don't doubt that it will work (he states above that it is working, & I'm well aware of the people who get big & strong with push-ups, despite the greater efficacy of bench press or gymnastics) The issue is whether it's efficient or optimal. This method will certainly make someone a little stronger and a lot bigger, if (as you note) they rest properly. But if strength (not size) is really the goal, I'd say there are better ways.
Sep
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answered How much do empty barbells weigh?
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
I didn't mean to say you're boneheaded, and I'm sorry that I phrased my question in a way that it could be taken that way. I'm trying to use an example of a program that we would all agree is boneheaded.
Sep
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comment To increase strength why wouldn't anaerobic reps be done as quickly as possible to fatigue the fast twitch muscle fibers?
I'm not sure strength is classified as anaerobic or aerobic; aren't those are qualifiers on efforts?
Sep
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
Any stress will create adaptation in a sufficiently unadapted individual. That means that 8 pound kettlebell-aerobics DVDs are both effective for some people. It does not mean that the same 8-pound kettlebell DVD isn't highly inefficient and totally boneheaded for most people.
Sep
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comment Are multiple sets with decreasing weight and no rest between them a good idea?
More muscle bulk, somewhat, may depend on how big you are already. Increased strength, not really. Better strength-endurance, absofrigginlutely.
Sep
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comment How much do empty barbells weigh?
A barbell weighs as much as it weighs. I've seen 45, 40, and 22 pounders. I worry that this is what SE calls a "how long is a piece of string" question.
Sep
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answered Help to add muscle for a skinny guy with fast metabolism
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answered What's a good adjustable kettlebell approach?
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comment Training for strength: How is my training regimen and diet combo?
Looks fine to me. I bet you'll get stronger. If you can work out more often I'd do so. If you have time and want to add sprints on the off-days, or pistols, or whatever, that would be good too. But if your schedule is tight, don't sweat it. This will work to a significant degree.
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comment What's a good adjustable kettlebell approach?
Homemade version: youtube.com/watch?v=EuA-565ldAY
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