Just wondering peoples views on this.
I was watching Ronnies first training vid he said he kept reps always above 10 normally 12-15reps. Later on it in his career it seemed he did very low reps.
Frank Zane said if he could go back in time and fix any mistake in his training he would never have lifted under 10reps.
Porter Cortrell liked lifting in the 20 rep range and in the 60 rep range for legs
Cutler liked 4-12 rep range from the vids I watched.
Countless articles claim one way is better then the other.
Others prefer to mix it up with low for awhiel then high and back and forth.
So what do you guys think and i’m talking strictly for bodybuilding.
I’m not 100% on this but I believe its right; lower rep ranges recruit more myofiblar muscle fibers while higher rep ranges recruit more sacroplasmic muscle. I won’t go into what the differences are since I don’t have the time nor patience to type all that out.
However; what I’ve noticed is that being strong in the 1-5 rep range doesn’t mean you are strong in the 10-15 rep range; you might not have that muscular endurance while you may have the strenght to lift in the higher rep ranges.
Eventually you’ll hit your genetic limit if your only lifting in the 1-5 rep range, a limit where you’ll have to periodize your training to even gain a little bit of weight on your main lifts.
So it would only make sense that once you hit some limits that you switch up your rep range and get stronger on a higher rep range.
All those body builders may have mentioned at one point what they like or prefer the best; ask yourself this: Do you really think that over their long weight lifting careers that that’s the only way they’ve trained? Perhaps at their advanced stages they found their “way” that works for them the best.
However, I’ll bet that when they were notices their workouts weren’t nowher near what they look like now and if you had asked them then they would have given you a different answer.
Everything works, you just have to have some future foresight in your training goals and plan accordingly.