Not sure if this has been covered somewhere on the site or forum before, I have searched extensively to no avail. My question is this:
If one wishes to ramp their sets instead of using straight sets, can one ramp the number of reps instead of the load? Or rather, would ramping reps - while keeping the load constant - produce the same physiological results as ramping the load while keeping the rep range the same.
For example: 3 sets of Bench Press - 200x8, 200x10 and then finally 200x12 (or something similar).
As opposed to: Bench Press - 150x12, 175x12 and finally 200x12 (or something similar).
Just to be clear: I am not asking if ramping is superior to straight sets and I am not wishing to discuss pyramid routines (where both the load and number of reps descends and/or ascends). I am asking, if one intends to ramp to an all out blast set, can it be done by ascending reps rather than ascending load? Because I honestly can not find any information dealing with this question.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Cheers
Ramping weight- To safely work your way up to heavier weights, which would inturn break muscle fibers deeper than using light weight.
Ramping reps- would probably result in simply fatiguing the muscle, increasing the chance of secondary muscles being thrown in to do more work.
I think working your reps of using the same weight is probably just a good chance to injure yourself. Who knows, i could be wrong tho.[/quote]
To begin with I wasn’t referring to lighter warm up sets but rather ramping so called working sets. Of all the responses so far not one person has been able to explain why warming up with increasingly heavier loads is any different to warming up with a constant load and increasing the reps. [/quote]
Wait the difference needs to be explained???. Come on. Re-read Mr Populars post.
60% of ones max at 10 reps is the same intensity as 70% at 8 reps as is 80% at 5 reps. So if ones 10rm is 200lbs how is ramping up by doing 160x10, then 187x10 and finally 200x10 any different, physiologically, than 200x6, then 200x8 and finally 200x10? Both represent an increase of intensity from light to medium to hard (approximately). [/quote]
You should read the threads on ramping. There are more than one. I think one is in the tcell.
Waterbury? Seriously? in the bodybuilding forum?