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Number of Sets That Should Be Done?


#1

Just as a general guideline, about how many working sets per body part do you guys do? Back, bi’s, tri’s, legs, shoulders, chest, and abs.


#2

12-15 for me but everyone is different. Needs a little trial and error on your part


#3

I do whatever the program I’m on tells me to. Pick a program from a real coach and follow it as long as it gets you results. Don’t reinvent the wheel.


#4

Currently anywhere from zero to 18 total weekly sets depending on the body part. Like, zero for abs and triceps, 3 for biceps, 6-7 for shoulders, 8 for chest, around 10 for pulls plus 8 for “back”, around 12 for legs.

As a “general guideline”, the number of sets is absolutely dependent on the training goal and the reps performed per set. A ton of articles explain more. This is one from Thibaudeau and here’s one from Waterbury.