General Weight Lifting Question

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When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

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  • MySunshine76
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    I don't know how true it is, but I was always told to start heavy and work your way down til you can't even lift the empty bar.
  • djames92
    djames92 Posts: 990 Member
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    depends on what your going for. the starting heavy and going down is more toneing and the idea of increasing weight is for more of a muscle building and strength gain
  • Chief_Rocka
    Chief_Rocka Posts: 4,710 Member
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    When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

    My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

    It depends.

    I know you didn't ask, but your lack of basic knowledge suggests that you would make better progress on a proven beginner program rather than making things up yourself.
  • amann1976
    amann1976 Posts: 742 Member
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    When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

    My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

    It depends.

    I know you didn't ask, but your lack of basic knowledge suggests that you would make better progress on a proven beginner program rather than making things up yourself.

    not a beginner just fell off during my 20's and now i'm trying to get some of my high school strengths max's back
  • jofjltncb6
    jofjltncb6 Posts: 34,415 Member
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    When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

    My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

    It depends.

    I know you didn't ask, but your lack of basic knowledge suggests that you would make better progress on a proven beginner program rather than making things up yourself.

    not a beginner just fell off during my 20's and now i'm trying to get some of my high school strengths max's back

    You haven't lifted in 6+ years?

    Then you're a beginner.
  • amann1976
    amann1976 Posts: 742 Member
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    When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

    My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

    It depends.

    I know you didn't ask, but your lack of basic knowledge suggests that you would make better progress on a proven beginner program rather than making things up yourself.

    not a beginner just fell off during my 20's and now i'm trying to get some of my high school strengths max's back

    You haven't lifted in 6+ years?

    Then you're a beginner.

    i didnt say i haven't lifted in 6 years i said i want to get my strength back to wear it was...
  • MariaChele85
    MariaChele85 Posts: 267 Member
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    So what's the answer to the question, Im kind of curious my self. I start with "light" then work my way up to my max weight, but I'm wondering if going the opposite is as effective?
  • nixirain
    nixirain Posts: 448 Member
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    From some one how lifted in High school, to not lifting at all. I would suggest a beginner program that allows you to gain strength quickly but not worry about the complicated stuff.

    I am currently doing Stronglifts 5x5. It is a simple beginner program that is designed to gain strength quickly.

    I have been doing the program for 6 weeks and I have gone from dead lifting only the oly bar to dead lifting 140lbs.

    And I'm a chick. The program was designed for dudes.
  • Chief_Rocka
    Chief_Rocka Posts: 4,710 Member
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    When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

    My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

    It depends.

    I know you didn't ask, but your lack of basic knowledge suggests that you would make better progress on a proven beginner program rather than making things up yourself.

    not a beginner just fell off during my 20's and now i'm trying to get some of my high school strengths max's back

    You haven't lifted in 6+ years?

    Then you're a beginner.

    i didnt say i haven't lifted in 6 years i said i want to get my strength back to wear it was...

    Returning from a long layoff is an excellent reason to be on a beginner program
  • dare2love81
    dare2love81 Posts: 928 Member
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    From some one how lifted in High school, to not lifting at all. I would suggest a beginner program that allows you to gain strength quickly but not worry about the complicated stuff.

    I am currently doing Stronglifts 5x5. It is a simple beginner program that is designed to gain strength quickly.

    I have been doing the program for 6 weeks and I have gone from dead lifting only the oly bar to dead lifting 140lbs.

    And I'm a chick. The program was designed for dudes.

    Where can one get the info on Stronglifts 5x5?
  • djames92
    djames92 Posts: 990 Member
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    From some one how lifted in High school, to not lifting at all. I would suggest a beginner program that allows you to gain strength quickly but not worry about the complicated stuff.

    I am currently doing Stronglifts 5x5. It is a simple beginner program that is designed to gain strength quickly.

    I have been doing the program for 6 weeks and I have gone from dead lifting only the oly bar to dead lifting 140lbs.

    And I'm a chick. The program was designed for dudes.

    Where can one get the info on Stronglifts 5x5?

    5x5s are really simple its just 5 sets of 5 reps at a high weight do that for every lift you do and you bulk up quick
  • wmagoo27
    wmagoo27 Posts: 201 Member
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    Starting heavy and working to lighter and lighter weights is a bodybuilding technique for building mass. If you are only interested in strength, start lighter and work up to your heaviest set. Keep the sets around 3 to 5 and the reps to less than 8.
  • nixirain
    nixirain Posts: 448 Member
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    From some one how lifted in High school, to not lifting at all. I would suggest a beginner program that allows you to gain strength quickly but not worry about the complicated stuff.

    I am currently doing Stronglifts 5x5. It is a simple beginner program that is designed to gain strength quickly.

    I have been doing the program for 6 weeks and I have gone from dead lifting only the oly bar to dead lifting 140lbs.

    And I'm a chick. The program was designed for dudes.

    Where can one get the info on Stronglifts 5x5?

    www.stronglifts.com
  • dzarello
    dzarello Posts: 119 Member
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    You can pyramid up 115, 125, 135, 145 etc or you can pyramid down 145, 135, 125, 115
    Either way you will still have gains. rep range 3-5 or 5-8. Depends on your specific goals.
  • FullOfWin
    FullOfWin Posts: 1,414 Member
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    When i lift i dont 4-5 sets per exercise; i start with what i would call my "workout weight" and then i get heavier towards the end of the sets.

    My question; is it more effective to start heavier and work down to my workout weight or is it more effective to do it the way i am doing it if i want to get stronger

    It depends.

    I know you didn't ask, but your lack of basic knowledge suggests that you would make better progress on a proven beginner program rather than making things up yourself.

    not a beginner just fell off during my 20's and now i'm trying to get some of my high school strengths max's back

    You haven't lifted in 6+ years?

    Then you're a beginner.

    i didnt say i haven't lifted in 6 years i said i want to get my strength back to wear it was...

    Returning from a long layoff is an excellent reason to be on a beginner program

    Indeed. Beginner does not reference knowledge of lifts etc. It denotes the rate at which you can make progress. Being a beginner is good. I wish I could be a beginner forever in that respect.