"Are Five Work Sets Too Much?" He Asked

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3. "Are Five Work Sets Too Much?" He

I just got an email from a reader who says he
does 5 x 5, using five work sets for each

He wondered if that was too much.

Short answer: Yes, it's probably too much
work -- but, like anything else, it depends on
several different factors -- and it will probably
change for you over time.

Many trainees get very good results from ONE
work set. They find that they overtrain if they
perform more than one work set -- especially in
exercises like squats and deadlifts.

Other trainees do well with TWO or even THREE
work sets. But three is the limit for most trainees,
unless they're doing very low reps (singles,
doubles or triples).

As a general rule, older trainees do better with
fewer work sets -- and stronger, more advanced
trainees do better with fewer work sets. So what
works best for YOU may chance over time.

If you do five work sets, you need to follow
an ultra-abbreviated training program. Limit
yourself to one or two exercises per workout.
You won't be able to do justice to more than

And here's a thought: If one, two or three work
sets do the job for you, why do any more?

Also, consider this -- you can always do one
work set of each exercise in week one -- and
do more than that (with less weight) in week
two. Vary the number of work sets from week
to week. That gives you the best of all worlds.

As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!

Yours in strength,

Brooks Kubik

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P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Why do more
when less works just as well -- or maybe
even better?" -- Brooks Kubik