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Confused on Intensity


#1

I am in my 30s and have been lifting on and off since about 16. I guess in terms of strength, I would be considered a intermediate. I have obtained decent gains when I eat right and focus on training. BUT I am one of those who has been training wrong for quite some time. My gains have pretty much stopped and I am trying to redo everything as a beginner.

My problem is with intensity. Before I trained every set to near failure. My final set I would usually go to total failure or post failure with forced reps. Now I am doing the whole 60%, 70%, 85%, 95% etc for X amount of reps. Of course when I finish a set, I always feel that I was "cheated" since I could have got 2,3,4 more reps. I have not been on the program long enough, but I was curious if there were others in my same situation your thoughts on it. I also do less total sets too which makes me feel cheated even more.

My primary goal is building muscle.


#2

If you're trying to get stronger, you shouldn't feel absolutely gassed after training. Just because you ran yourself into the ground doesn't mean you had a good workout, it just means you expended a lot of energy.

What program are you talking about?

What are your lifting numbers?

In general, if you're going to follow a program then follow it. The results will speak for themselves. If you don't follow the program to the letter, how will you know if it worked?


#3

curious what you consider your 'intermediate' strength to be after 15 years plus of training? :slight_smile: