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Is 30+ Sets OK? Or 40+ Sets?


#1

I’m still adding in extra reps and sets and it’s starting to get annoying and time consuming. I just think if I don’t add in extra reps and sets I won’t build muscle and strength. My workout plan says 30 sets per workout for 3 days a week but I don’t know if I should do 40+ sets per workout.


#2

Probably not.


#3

What qualifies you to think you know more than the experienced professional who wrote said program?


#4

True. It was Jason Blaha who wrote but he basically copied stronglift 5x5 and added isolation movements. I think i’ll just stick to the original amount of sets and reps. My minds telling yes but my body’s telling me no.


#5

You just called blaha an experience professional, how does that make you feel? :joy:


#6

“Experienced Proffessional”


#7

No, 40 sets even for a fairly experienced lifter is a helluva lot (I’ve been training for quite some time and rarely do much more than about 20 or so sets)…focus on intensity & moderate volume IMO.


#8

So 30 sets is the preferred amount?


#9

Can any of you guys recommend a 5 day 20 set per workout split


#10

Preferred amount for what?


#11

To build strength and muscle


#12

I mean, what is the purpose of your workouts? General fitness, bodybuilding, strongman, etc…?


#13

I want to build muscle and strength. It stresses me out doing 40+ sets because I don’t want to do it but I feel like have to.


#14

If you are doing 40+ sets you won’t be maintaining any kind of Intensity through them all.


#15

So you’re saying more weight to the bar?


#16

I would suggest you start here:


You can build muscle and strength with relatively few sets/reps and you can build muscle and strength with a whole lot of sets/reps. There is certainly no requirement to doing 30+ or 40+ sets.


#17

Here’s a 3 day a week program setup by the forum director:

It’s only 25 sets.


#18

What are your results telling you?


#19

I’ve been set up


#20

The gym told me to get out as I had a bleeding finger I managed to get 11 sets in total. Should I decrease my calories becuase I skipped the gym?