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How Many Lifts Per Session?


#1

What do you guys think is the sweet spot in terms of exercises per session?

I think for me personally anywhere from 4-6 seems to work well whether it’s full body or upper/lower.

Anymore than 6 and I feel like I’m just lifting to lift when I can do some conditioning or mobility work instead.


#2

I’m about the same for strength. I think it’s all goal specific though. If you’re pursuing bodybuilding or hypertrophy focused, doing only 6 movements probably won’t cut it. Similar to circuit training or whatever. In terms of strength though, I think only doing around 8 exercises in general is probably best. I watched a recent video of Wendler on Dave Tate’s YouTube about high school kids and he addresses this as well.

The whole series is good, but especially this one.


#3

Four to eight. Probably no more than six of it’s lower body though. Up to eight for upper because there’s more to do.


#4

Yeah, me too. If I were to do more lifts they’d be supersets or circuits. If it’s straight lifts one after the other I’d never normally do more than 5.


#5

Impossible to say without also specifying how many sets/exercise.


#6

I chuckled pretty good at the quip about the guy riding a Harley.


#7

For strength gains: 1-3, for size gains: 4-6…for fat loss…4 billion!