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Question For Gurus.....

Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by HevyMetal, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2005
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    Have been experimenting as of late.

    For bench ,deads,squats,chins and dips:-

    When I reach max weight I can do one rep to failure.
    However....two or three minutes later I can do that max again for one rep.

    I can keep doing this for single reps for 8 or 10 reps before I reach a point where I have to start dropping the weight to make a rep.

    I figure I would rather do this because there is more muscle fiber stimulation at heavy weight, as opposed to doing a set of ,say, 8 reps or 5 reps at lower weight.

    I usually warm up with higher rep sets at lower weight first though.

    What can I expect from the routine I describe in terms of strength gains and/or hypertrophy?

    I work out currently upper bod and lower bod once a week.

    Volume training and 8rep sets at lower weights doesn't seem to do much for me except burn up a few calories these days.

    So I thought I'd go 'Mike Mentzer' on myself sort of, and see what happens.

    Having some trouble determining what is "muscle failure" and what is "ATP failure".

    If I wait 2 or 3 minutes after a max rep on bench ( I know it's max because if I add more weight I can't lift it).....I can do same again.....so the muscle hasn't really failed because after the ATP replenishes I'm good to go.

    So I have to perform numerous single reps to reach where I can't do it again at that weight.

    I realize there are some CNS concerns here......but I only lift once a week for bodyparts.
    #1 HevyMetal, Jun 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012
  2. madamert

    madamert Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2004
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    I have never had a similar experience. If I go to failure on a single max attempt I have to start decreasing the weight. I've never been able to wait a few minutes and then make the lift. I have to recover for several days to a week after a failure on a 1 rep max attempt.

    My only thought would be that you might not be really maxing out and are holding back a bit, perhaps even subconsciously.

    One way to test this would be to try to prep your CNS. To do this, load the bar with ~50 lbs over your expected 1 rep max. Now, lift off and hold it for a couple of seconds and then set it back down. Do not try to perform a rep. Now, remove ~40 lbs so that you're at least 10 lbs over your expected max. Perform 1 rep. Did you make the rep? If yes, your body is lying to you. You can actually lift substantially more than you think. If no, okay, that is your true 1 rep max.

    This trick works wonders for CNS development.
  3. JoeSchmo

    JoeSchmo Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2004
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    I think it could be good for adding some strength and getting accommodated to heavier weights, but I wouldn't do that every week for a long period of time. The reason is that going with max weight every week can put you at risk for injury -- as well as create some stalls down the road. But, as part of a periodized program, I think doing things that way can have some benefits.

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