I understand that, for endurance, one ought to do, at most, about 24 reps per set. Is more than that too much for any exercise, in that it makes the exercise ineffective or dangerous? Is doing, for example, one superset of 70 pushups ineffectivd or dangerous; and, if it is, why?

Thank you.


If you can do 70 reps with an excellent form (every single of them!), it should not be significantly more dangerous than 7x10 or 10x7. So the question can be simplified to: is volume of 70 (perfect) reps dangerous?

It depends on a lot of things. If I imagine a human sample consisting of me and my gym friends doing this volume of training, I would expect the following:

  • pushups/pullups once per week - most of the sample with no problems
  • pushups/pullups every day - most of the guys would have shoulder problems in weeks or months
  • swings/snatches with kettlebell - most of the guys would handle it safely a few times a week, maybe every day

Why? It depends on various circumstances:

  • genetic
  • usage of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs)
  • exercise selection
  • previous history of injuries

Some kind of sum of these elements might be called work capacity.

To conclude: In some cases, the volume 70 can be ok (even low) and in some cases, it can be considered as a proper hazard.

Note: It is really important to stress out, that the biggest danger of long sets is to keep the technique perfect all the time. If you cannot do it perfectly, it is dangerous no matter how many reps you do.

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Principles of Rep Range

1 Reps -> Power

3-5 Reps -> Strength

6-12 -> Hypertrophy

15+ -> Endurance

I hope that you're primary aim is to build more muscle. For that training using very much higher rep range is not ideal. As a natty (means you're not taking any steroids) the factors of muscle building are

1.Progressive Overloading(Most important ) (below points are less irrelevant) 2.Time under tension 3.Eccentric Overloading...many more

Lets analyze the case of pushups 1.Progressive Overloading if u can do 20+ reps then its time to do weighed pushups/switch to more challenging exercise Like Instead of pushups Do Pike Pushups/Archer Pushups/one-arm pushups and many more.....

Final Verdict is when you can perform an exercise for more than 20+ reps (muscle building) its time to switch.

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    I have two issues with this question: first, why do you hope they are going for muscle building? I would argue that's just narcissistic and requires so many ressources for food. Strength is actually useful. So people are different. Second, your statements are quite strong. Saying 20+ reps = time to switch will have most of the fitness people disagreeing with you. – Raditz_35 May 15 '19 at 15:44
  • I don't know why people are still supporting very high reps which seems ineffective for natural athletes?(Are you a CrossFitter brah then this conversation ends here).If a person can do 70 pushups in a row (idk if it's true he may be doing half reps), then he has potential for doing advance excercise like one arm pushups, handstand push-ups etc then why still doing pushups! – Kirandas R Jun 15 '19 at 5:48
  • I think 20 are too many. Most will tell you to increase the weight at 10-12, I tell you to increase the weight every time for that progressive overload. Doing more than 6 reps per set on a major lift is a waste of my time. Btw, please don't call me "brah" like one of those people, it makes you less credible. However I don't know what's wrong with setting your goals any way you like them. If you want to be able to curl 10kg 100 times, at least you have a goal and don't do this aimless workout bs many people do – Raditz_35 Jun 15 '19 at 6:20
  • Chill, take it easy (brah😛)! Raditz, Did Kakarot wish you back? – Kirandas R Jun 18 '19 at 22:08

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