Hi Ceph, just to hijack on a related topic. I already understand the above as you said… its been in a lot of threads. I have begun doing it but am curious how many excercises per body part for standard ramp split. just getting my bearings and trying to determine how much is too much, or more importantly… to little.
Mostly 2-3 main exercises (ramped, progression-oriented) per muscle-group on a 4-6 way split… + maybe 1 pump exercise (light, just for the pump, never mind progression here).
So you get around 3-4 exercises total, but you wouldn’t do a pump exercise on a 3-way or so, for example…
Haven’t you read pX’s thread yet?
Biceps wouldn’t get 4 main exercises, more likely 2 (or 3, depends on you… Don’t just do more for the sake of doing more though, strength gain for reps is what we’re after, not just doing a lot of random shit) +1 pump exercise maybe (or an extreme stretch if you prefer that).
Chest also doesn’t need 3 big pressing exercises (hell, you want to keep your shoulder joints ok, right?), so 2 big presses (low-incline + flat or decline) and maybe a pump exercise should do the job.
Now, shoulders may get more total exercises due to rear delts (and traps)…
Seriously, this should all be easy to figure out by yourself and from watching bodybuilders train!
Just look at a few ramping routines to get a feel for that stuff and then test it out yourself!
If, after 4 months on a split you notice that doing 3 main movements for biceps seems to just slow down your progression, then do 2! Simple as that.
Thanks for all the info. I have read X’s thread and I got a real good grasp on the idea of ramping and why. I have been doing that but the feeling of fatigue is obviously very different then my old way of pyramiding up with much harder warmups. So I just wanted to check in and see what is what and if i was doing too much or too little. Looks like i need to add a bit here and subtract a bit there. It all seems so simple once you “got it”. I feel that way with the ramping aspect. I have been feeling a little more uncertainty lately regarding how much total work i should be doing. Sometimes thinking i am doing too much and sometimes too little. I got a little bit of that mental gymnastics going on. That is basically why i wanted to check myself with you guys.
Working out at home, i don’t have a big bodybuilder to ask. That is what you guys are for.