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Volume In 5-Day


#1

I've been doing a 5-day a week programme now for a while, hitting each bodypart once a week, 4 exercises with 3 sets each per workout.

Saw this 5-day programme on the internet, but I'm just wondering if maybe there's too much volume in there, especially since I have a fairly hard time in gaining. Here's the link to the programme, any opinions greatly appreciated!

www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/intermediate-muscle-building-workout.html


#2

It all depends on what works for YOU!
I am currently doing 8x8 six times a week, hitting each muscle three times using different exercise each time. However, I think I recover fairly quick and my goals are to lean out. This does not mean it will work for everyone. Good Luch though!!


#3

Depends indeed, everybody is different. The question is do you make progression...?
If not than it might be a bit too much for you.


#4

Volume (and frequency) tolerance is indeed an individual thing. Generally, as much as you can do before reaching the point of diminishing returns is what I believe is optimal. Not doing enough is short changing yourself and doing too much is a recipe for burnout and chronic injury over time. Of course finding that sweet spot is the real trick isn't it?