Drop Sets and Beginner Weight Lifting

Anyone know anything about drop sets? I started month long lifting regime, Michele Rogers, she ends each workout with drop sets working each muscle group that was used during that workout. I have read so many theories on the outcome of them ranging from bulking to elongating depending on the weight used and the number of reps. I want to build muscle but don't want to be big, I know that I can't necessarily get huge but I also don't want to over do it. I also just completed the first 3 workouts (upper body) and have a bit of a dull pain in my left bi and shoulder, can't tell yet if it's strain or work. Thoughts?

I have also picked up New Weight Liftinfg Rules For Women and am interested in trying that .


  • BusyRaeNOTBusty
    BusyRaeNOTBusty Posts: 7,166 Member
    Read New Rules. It will explain everything. You won't get "big" unless you eat a lot.
  • Stage14
    Stage14 Posts: 1,046 Member
    Read New Rules. It will explain everything. You won't get "big" unless you eat a lot.

    This. New Rules does a great job explaining anatomy and lifting, and if you decide to follow the routine, it will completely change the way you lift anyway, so drop sets won't be an issue for the next 6-8 months.
  • the_dude00
    the_dude00 Posts: 1,056 Member
    Drop sets can be useful if you've been working out for over a year or so. If you've just began lifting you probably don't need them at this point, but they can be very useful
  • Lizzard_77
    Lizzard_77 Posts: 232 Member
    Interesting and informative responses! I will be reading New Rules from here forward and am excited to be lifting cause it makes me stronger and happier!
  • jeffpettis
    jeffpettis Posts: 865 Member
    Drop sets are not going to make you any bigger, or "huge" as you said it, than just plain straight sets will. It's also not going to "elongate" the muscle in any way. It's not possible to change the shape of a muscle, besides getting bigger or smaller, beyond what is pre determined by genetics. That being said don't waste your time with things like drop sets as a beginner. Focus on progressing with straight sets. Progression is the only thing, training related, that is going to make your muscles grow. Also as a female you don't have to worry about getting huge muscles anyways.

    As far as the pain goes if it's DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness, it will ease off in a day or two. You should be able to tell the difference in soreness from lifting and a pulled muscle. If it doesn't ease off in a couple of days it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out.