3x10. Tried, tested and simple for beginners.
exactly, 5x5 10x3 etc leave those alone for now.
if you’re just starting out, stick with 3x10 or my favorite 3x12
a couple months later you’ll get a better feel for it
This is the second time today I’ve seen you make a comment like this. Have you read “Starting Strength”? Why are you smarter than Mark Ripppetoe? For a new trainee, form will break down after 5 reps. Do 5 quality reps and take a break. Doing 10-12 reps will only reinforce bad form.[/quote]
nah i havent gone around to reading ripptoe and i wont until i come around to it. on the same token, it seems you prescribe ripptoe for every kid in here. must be a good program. but personally i try to stick to my philosophy. perhaps when im older like ripptoe, ill be wiser from my “mistakes” instead of learning it through the grapevine.
and no a trainee’s form doesnt break after 5 reps.
if you show them how to do it once and walk away, then yea, the form might get sloppy. and really, do you think a beginner can move a heavy weight in perfect form 5 times? i doubt he’ll do any one of them in good form, especially without supervision. what if he tried a lighter weight with higher reps in perfect form. id assume that that’ll instill good form and technique. it’ll also give him some room to comfortably move up in weights without feeling inferior to others… or even the weights themselves.