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Accessory Lifts - Max Amount of Weight?

I’m doing Madcow’s 5x5 program, and was wondering how much weight to use for the biceps/triceps. If I can do 50 pounds on bicep for 8 reps (im not very strong), should I do that much, or should I lower it to 45 or 40? I don’t know exactly what your trying to do with accessory lifts (stimulate muscles with as much weight as possible? Low weight?). Any clarifacation is appreciated.

Oh, and another question: How much is a standard curl bar, 15 or 25 pounds? I’m assuming it’s 15.

there is no “standard” curl bar, but I don’t see how it could possibly matter how much it weighs?

In my opinion if you can curl 50lbs for 8 reps then you should be doing that and trying to go up in either reps, sets, weight, or improving technique every workout.

Theres no sense to doing less than you can do ‘just cuz’

[quote]mr popular wrote:
there is no “standard” curl bar, but I don’t see how it could possibly matter how much it weighs?

In my opinion if you can curl 50lbs for 8 reps then you should be doing that and trying to go up in either reps, sets, weight, or improving technique every workout.

Theres no sense to doing less than you can do ‘just cuz’[/quote]

listen to this

[quote]fisch wrote:

Oh, and another question: How much is a standard curl bar, 15 or 25 pounds? I’m assuming it’s 15.[/quote]

All the curl bars in my gym are the same. I have no idea what they weigh, but I always count them as 20. It really doesn’t matter what they weigh as long as next time I do curls, I get more total reps with the same plates on the bar, or I put more weight on the bar and strive for a similar number of reps.

LA

[quote]mr popular wrote:
there is no “standard” curl bar, but I don’t see how it could possibly matter how much it weighs?
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It doesn’t really matter, I just want to know how much weight im doing exactly.

[quote]fisch wrote:
mr popular wrote:
there is no “standard” curl bar, but I don’t see how it could possibly matter how much it weighs?

It doesn’t really matter, I just want to know how much weight im doing exactly.[/quote]

Weight it, its that simple.

[quote]mr popular wrote:
there is no “standard” curl bar, but I don’t see how it could possibly matter how much it weighs?

In my opinion if you can curl 50lbs for 8 reps then you should be doing that and trying to go up in either reps, sets, weight, or improving technique every workout.

Theres no sense to doing less than you can do ‘just cuz’[/quote]

Standard or Olympic size.

Most logical method is to weigh the bar. It really doesn’t matter to know how much the bar weighs. Put weight onto bar. Curl weight. Add weight next workout. Repeat.