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    BODYPART EXERCISE SETS REPS

    DAY 1
    Quadriceps Leg extensions 5 8-10
    Squats 5 6-8
    Leg presses 5 6-8
    Lunqes 5 6-8
    Hamstrinqs Leg curls 5 6-8
    Stiff-leg deadlifts 5 6-8
    DAY 2
    Back Chinups 5 6-8
    Barbell rows 5 6-8
    Dumbbell rows 5 6-8
    Seated cable rows 5 6-8
    Pulldowns 5 6-8
    DAY 3
    Shoulders Military presses 5 6-8
    Dumbbell side laterals 5 6-8
    Dumbbell front raises 5 6-8
    Bent rear laterals 5 6-8
    Biceps Barbell curls 5 6-8
    Dumbbell curls 5 6-8
    Preacher curls 5 6-8
    Cable curls 5 6-8
    DAY 4
    Chest Bench presses 5 6-8
    Incline dumbbell presses 5 6-8
    Dumbbell flyes 5 6-8
    Incline flyes 5 6-8
    Triceps Pushdowns 5 6-8
    Dumbbell extensions 5 6-8
    Dips between benches 5 6-8
    French presses 5 6-8

    Notes: Calves were trained every day with one exercise done for four or
    five sets of 50-100 reps. Abdominals were trained occasionally with
    leg raises and trunk twists.

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    Lee Priest also does steroids.
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    what does anyone think about this routine? Im thinking about giving it a try
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
    Lee Priest also does steroids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KgTomCat View Post
    I said that because unless you're on oil, it's too much. 99.8 percent of lifters couldn't handle a program like this without gear if they are working as hard as they should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KgTomCat View Post
    what does anyone think about this routine? Im thinking about giving it a try
    I think that unless you have 24hrs/7days a week to dedicate to eating and training and sleeping, then your going to fail ...

    I know that the pro's live, eat, and sleep, bodybuilding when going into contest prep. The average joe who is getting into bodybuilding is not going to have the amount of time to dedicate it to the gym, meals, and sleep ...

    Some might argue that all these guys were average joe's when they started, well, that's not true because if all average joes could do this then there would be hundreds of thousands of professional bodybuilders.

    Your going to have to put yourself on a PERFECT schedule and remove yourself from reality for a while...remember Arnold skipping his dad's funeral? You got balls like that?
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    IM not saying that you can NOT do it, but my question is what's your reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardknock View Post
    IM not saying that you can NOT do it, but my question is what's your reason?
    well I have alot of free time, Im in college and most of my time goes to studying then lifting, so when Im not in class or the library, Im in the gym. The only area where I need major improvement, and this bothers me, is sleep. The stress is disrupting my sleeping, Im thinking about taking melatonin to see if it helps
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    If your not getting sleep, then you losing more than half the battle with that much volume. just saying...
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    That is too much volume unless you're on IMO, I had a similar routine to that when I was on test/anadrol, and was still on the verge of over training. If you cut out a bit, it would be a great routine.
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    Im thinking about doin Mdrol in feb or march, what about then??
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    Thats still quite a bit of volume, even with a superdrol clone. Professional bodybuilders on usually on much more than just one oral.

    DAY 1
    Quadriceps Leg extensions 5 8-10
    Squats 5 6-8
    Hamstrinqs Leg curls 5 6-8
    Stiff-leg deadlifts 5 6-8
    DAY 2
    Back Chinups 5 6-8
    Barbell rows 5 6-8
    Seated cable rows 5 6-8
    Pulldowns 5 6-8
    DAY 3
    Shoulders Military presses 5 6-8
    Dumbbell side laterals 5 6-8
    Bent rear laterals 5 6-8
    Biceps Barbell curls 5 6-8
    Dumbbell curls 5 6-8
    Preacher curls 5 6-8
    DAY 4
    Chest Bench presses 5 6-8
    Incline dumbbell presses 5 6-8
    Dumbbell flyes 5 6-8
    Triceps Pushdowns 5 6-8
    Dumbbell extensions 5 6-8

    Something like this
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    i dont get whats so intense about this? i do more than this every time i lift, 5-6 days a week. i dont always go up to 5 sets, sometimes just 4 but i add about 2-3 more exercises than this routine except maybe arms. in all honesty i dont see whats wrong with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faaipdeoiad View Post
    i dont get whats so intense about this? i do more than this every time i lift, 5-6 days a week. i dont always go up to 5 sets, sometimes just 4 but i add about 2-3 more exercises than this routine except maybe arms. in all honesty i dont see whats wrong with this.
    How many pounds have you gained since you began workout like that?
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    You doing 40 sets on some of the days without warm-up or calves so that is way too much for the average person. As others have mentioned 99.9% of people would easily over-train on that schedule unless they were on steroids/PHs.

    If you're looking for something new why not try a 5x5 routine? A lot of people who thought this was just for powerlifters have made good gains of it and it is very intense.
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    5x5 has never worked for me, Im more of a pyramid guy...Im a strong believer in overloading the muscle
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    If it works for you and you able to make gains then good luck but for me this would definietly be over-training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warsteiner View Post
    If it works for you and you able to make gains then good luck but for me this would definietly be over-training.
    I'm looking for a good routine to do WHEN and IF I do Mdrol
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    It will still be over training on Mdrol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
    How many pounds have you gained since you began workout like that?
    um about 10-15 in the last couple months. i stopped trying to gain weight now cuz im preparing to cut again, but i still increase strength regularly. granted ive been training with alot of intensity for a while, but still, my body doesnt even seem to be responding as well to it. i add supersets and drop sets when necessary too. i think it all depends man
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rugger View Post
    Lee Priest also does steroids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faaipdeoiad View Post
    i dont get whats so intense about this? i do more than this every time i lift, 5-6 days a week. i dont always go up to 5 sets, sometimes just 4 but i add about 2-3 more exercises than this routine except maybe arms. in all honesty i dont see whats wrong with this.
    YOu're saying that you do this exact same routine for weeks on end? And, you're constantly gaining 10-15lbs? .... Either you're skidding me a couple or someone has got me twisted up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardknock View Post
    YOu're saying that you do this exact same routine for weeks on end? And, you're constantly gaining 10-15lbs? .... Either you're skidding me a couple or someone has got me twisted up?
    hahah no dude definately not. i dont even do this exact routine, just a routine of equal or similar intensity. and i went up 10-15 lbs in the past couple months since my cut. im not willing to keep bulking cu z i started gaining fat again. my only point in saying that was i dont think the intensity of a workout constitutes someones overtraining in itself. i sleep about 9 hours a day and eat about 3600 calories, but yes my workouts are extremely intense, and i am still increasing weights. i can post my last couple workouts if ur interested, but i do change it up very frequently. its never really the same considering all the options i have now of combining sets, order, and supersetting some lifts.
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    If your intensity was as high as it should be, it would be over training. No question. Your gains are probably newbie gains and you probably aren't working out as hard as you think you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faaipdeoiad View Post
    hahah no dude definately not. i dont even do this exact routine, just a routine of equal or similar intensity. and i went up 10-15 lbs in the past couple months since my cut. im not willing to keep bulking cu z i started gaining fat again. my only point in saying that was i dont think the intensity of a workout constitutes someones overtraining in itself. i sleep about 9 hours a day and eat about 3600 calories, but yes my workouts are extremely intense, and i am still increasing weights. i can post my last couple workouts if ur interested, but i do change it up very frequently. its never really the same considering all the options i have now of combining sets, order, and super setting some lifts.
    Just seemed pretty phenomenal given your age range...dunno. Have you been coming back from a layoff?

    Yeah, not saying that it's impossible (i've done the leg routine myself) but for months on end? nah! And I sure as heck didn't get in and out of the gym in 55mins...

    After about 3 months, my gains came to a dead STOP, period! No movement in anyway, felt sick all day, and had enormous headaches daily,...this is the reason why i missed 30+ days from the gym a few months ago...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardknock View Post
    Just seemed pretty phenomenal given your age range...dunno. Have you been coming back from a layoff?

    Yeah, not saying that it's impossible (i've done the leg routine myself) but for months on end? nah! And I sure as heck didn't get in and out of the gym in 55mins...

    After about 3 months, my gains came to a dead STOP, period! No movement in anyway, felt sick all day, and had enormous headaches daily,...this is the reason why i missed 30+ days from the gym a few months ago...lol
    i sincerely doubt that theyre newb gains bro or i wouldnt be able to push the weight i have been lately with such consistency. ive been lifting for about 8 years

    as far as overtraining, i was actually going to start a thread to see what people thought, as by all logic i should be overtraining...but i feel fine. everyone who hears my routine tells me the same thing, youre overtraining. ive made significant strength gains lately (granted i ran a cycle of tren xtreme) and mantained them, as well as succeeded in whatever i was going for- cutting/bulking. the only problem is that i cant seem to take time off. i have to force myself to take one day off a week just because i dont need to. When i was on cycle i was lifting 6 days a week, often twice a day, and sometimes did cardio on the 7th. It sounds ridiculous i know but i still kept making progress. Right now im trying to keep it at only 5 lift days a week, but thats partially because of finals. So again, im not sure if i am overtraining, because how am i still making progress then? I have friends about my size and strength who lift with me but always stop about 2/3 of the way through my routine because they cant handle anymore. They also always tell me that it gets them noticeable strength and leanness just by lifting with me, but for me i pretty much do it just to break even. Im not sure exactly whats going on then, maybe my body is just so used to this intensity that it recovers faster? Like i said, i havent experience any of the symptoms uve mentioned

    Heres my routine from a couple days ago. This was actually a bit more than i usually do, I usually take out the T-bar rows, do deads first, etc. my lifts vary- almost each time i lift i try to add in something new or a new order

    BACK

    1) Weighted Pulls Ups - 0x10, 25lb x 8, 45 x 7, 35 x 8, 25x 5 + 0x3
    2) Standing Barbell Rows- 135x11, 185x8, 185x9, 155x11
    3)Dumbell Rows- 120x7, 120x8, 100x9
    4) Lying T-Bar Rows - 115x7, 115x6, 90x7
    SUPERSET w/ +
    5) Bent Over T-Bar Rows- 135x8, 135x7, 135x7
    6) Deadlifts - 135x12, 225x8, 275x7, 275x7, 225x8
    7) Lat Pull Down - 120x8, 120x7, 120x6
    SUPERSET W/
    8) Cable rows - 160x7, 150x7, 150x7, (plus 1set 60x12 each arm)

    CALVES
    1) Seated Calf Raise- 115x14, 135x12, 135x10, 135x8
    2) Leg PressMachine Calf Extensions - 560x12, 560x10, 450x14
    3) Standing Calf Raise- 360x20, 375x 16, 375x15

    ABS
    4 sets of Decline Crunches SUPERSET w/ Decline Reverse Crunches/Hip Thrusts

    This was a little longer than my normal workouts, but i still managed to get through it in just over an hour and a half. I take short rests and i dont really waste time. I got through it fine though.
    In short, im not sure, can you be overtraining if u dont feel any of the symptoms of fatigue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by faaipdeoiad View Post
    In short, im not sure, can you be overtraining if u dont feel any of the symptoms of fatigue?
    I dont know, lately Ive stopped 'going by the book' on certain things...I go by what my body is telling me and how I feel
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    yea man thats what ive been thinking. even though by all logic i should be way overtraining, i still feel fine. The only negative thing ive noticed is that im running out of ways to up the intensity. Im not really sure what else i can add in.I need crazy workouts now just to break a sweat, normal lifts just wont do it anymore. But thats not really enough motivation to back it down. I might force myself to take 5 days or so off just so i can start fresh, but as of yet i dont need to. i dunno man its weird
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    Quote Originally Posted by faaipdeoiad View Post
    yea man thats what ive been thinking. even though by all logic i should be way overtraining, i still feel fine. The only negative thing ive noticed is that im running out of ways to up the intensity. Im not really sure what else i can add in.I need crazy workouts now just to break a sweat, normal lifts just wont do it anymore. But thats not really enough motivation to back it down. I might force myself to take 5 days or so off just so i can start fresh, but as of yet i dont need to. i dunno man its weird
    I've stuck with drop sets....to me nothing beats that. You drop the weight by so many different percentages, ou go to failure, then go further, seems the best way to keep up growing, IDK, its what works for me
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    yea i usually incorporate them into at least the last sets of each lift. i dont really even keep track anymore, i use a combination of drop sets, negatives and forced reps for prety much every lift just to get the most out of it.
    drop sets are a great way to end a workout though
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    example of my leg routine:

    squats 3 sets of 4 reps
    Lunge 2 sets of 4 reps
    StraighLeg deadlift: 2 sets 4 reps


    (next week lunges are leg press and SLDL are hanging raises)


    and i am still overtraining sometimes it is more important to use your brain than your muscles.

    So your body feels fine on your huge overtraining routine. Thats great that it is working for you. But truth is you could cut that down in half or even to 1/3 of what you do and make the same gains. And then you are optimizing your hormone levels from your workout and can spend time doing other thing like HIT cardio later etc etc.

    Also, a wise man once told me. It isnt what you can do right now, it is what you can keep up for the rest of your life. I can definitley keep up my 7-9 set workouts through school and work. I am currently 6'5 247lbs 8% BF and it has taken me 5 years (since i started) to realize how to train correctly
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    Quote Originally Posted by KgTomCat View Post
    5x5 has never worked for me, Im more of a pyramid guy...Im a strong believer in overloading the muscle
    pyramiding is NOT overloading the muscle. i am a calm guy but you need to do more reading.

    "Once a muscle is fatigued it can't be properly overloaded." if you are working up in weights set by set it means your first set is not completely overloading your muscles, so by the time you reach your last set you have become fatigued and cannot achieve overload.

    here is my overload squat routine from this past week:

    Warm-up:

    135 x 12
    225 x 8
    315 x 4
    385 x 2
    415 x 1

    Overload sets:

    485 x 5
    490 x 4
    500 x 4

    now see i get acclimated to the weight, then go right in and hit heavy as possible overload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzer View Post
    pyramiding is NOT overloading the muscle. i am a calm guy but you need to do more reading.

    "Once a muscle is fatigued it can't be properly overloaded." if you are working up in weights set by set it means your first set is not completely overloading your muscles, so by the time you reach your last set you have become fatigued and cannot achieve overload.

    here is my overload squat routine from this past week:

    Warm-up:

    135 x 12
    225 x 8
    315 x 4
    385 x 2
    415 x 1

    Overload sets:

    485 x 5
    490 x 4
    500 x 4

    now see i get acclimated to the weight, then go right in and hit heavy as possible overload.
    I didnt mean 3 sets of 10 reps of the same weight, I add weight every set, Ill do a few sets to positive failure, add more weight...and so on, then throw in a drop set
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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzer View Post
    example of my leg routine:

    squats 3 sets of 4 reps
    Lunge 2 sets of 4 reps
    StraighLeg deadlift: 2 sets 4 reps

    (next week lunges are leg press and SLDL are hanging raises)

    and i am still overtraining sometimes it is more important to use your brain than your muscles.

    So your body feels fine on your huge overtraining routine. Thats great that it is working for you. But truth is you could cut that down in half or even to 1/3 of what you do and make the same gains. And then you are optimizing your hormone levels from your workout and can spend time doing other thing like HIT cardio later etc etc.

    Also, a wise man once told me. It isnt what you can do right now, it is what you can keep up for the rest of your life. I can definitley keep up my 7-9 set workouts through school and work. I am currently 6'5 247lbs 8% BF and it has taken me 5 years (since i started) to realize how to train correctly
    Quote Originally Posted by fritzer View Post
    pyramiding is NOT overloading the muscle. i am a calm guy but you need to do more reading.

    "Once a muscle is fatigued it can't be properly overloaded." if you are working up in weights set by set it means your first set is not completely overloading your muscles, so by the time you reach your last set you have become fatigued and cannot achieve overload.

    here is my overload squat routine from this past week:

    Warm-up:

    135 x 12
    225 x 8
    315 x 4
    385 x 2
    415 x 1

    Overload sets:

    485 x 5
    490 x 4
    500 x 4

    now see i get acclimated to the weight, then go right in and hit heavy as possible overload.
    Is it just me or does that seem completely contradicting in itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faaipdeoiad View Post

    Heres my routine from a couple days ago. This was actually a bit more than i usually do, I usually take out the T-bar rows, do deads first, etc. my lifts vary- almost each time i lift i try to add in something new or a new order

    BACK

    1) Weighted Pulls Ups - 0x10, 25lb x 8, 45 x 7, 35 x 8, 25x 5 + 0x3
    2) Standing Barbell Rows- 135x11, 185x8, 185x9, 155x11
    3)Dumbell Rows- 120x7, 120x8, 100x9
    4) Lying T-Bar Rows - 115x7, 115x6, 90x7
    SUPERSET w/ +
    5) Bent Over T-Bar Rows- 135x8, 135x7, 135x7
    6) Deadlifts - 135x12, 225x8, 275x7, 275x7, 225x8
    7) Lat Pull Down - 120x8, 120x7, 120x6
    SUPERSET W/
    8) Cable rows - 160x7, 150x7, 150x7, (plus 1set 60x12 each arm)

    CALVES
    1) Seated Calf Raise- 115x14, 135x12, 135x10, 135x8
    2) Leg PressMachine Calf Extensions - 560x12, 560x10, 450x14
    3) Standing Calf Raise- 360x20, 375x 16, 375x15

    ABS
    4 sets of Decline Crunches SUPERSET w/ Decline Reverse Crunches/Hip Thrusts

    This was a little longer than my normal workouts, but i still managed to get through it in just over an hour and a half. I take short rests and i dont really waste time. I got through it fine though.
    In short, im not sure, can you be overtraining if u dont feel any of the symptoms of fatigue?
    I agree that you probably wouldn't feel exceptional fatigue since that w/o looks as if your going pretty light, say, 75% of your max?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggravated View Post
    Is it just me or does that seem completely contradicting in itself.
    It did seem awkward, but im guessing, he was just mentioning an example in his second post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KgTomCat View Post
    I didnt mean 3 sets of 10 reps of the same weight, I add weight every set, Ill do a few sets to positive failure, add more weight...and so on, then throw in a drop set
    hahaha ok i need to clarify a bit, i apologize to all your guys.
    I know what you meant KgTomCat... but that is not overloading. if say 300x 4 of whatever is your max then you should be doing as close to 300 x 4 in your sets as possible, NOT 275 x8, 285 x 6, etc etc... that is prefatiguing the muscle group... by the last set you cannot do 300 x 4 anymore.

    so what i mean is say you can flat bench 300 x 4 at the end of your pyramid if you did a proper warmup and jumped right into overload you could potentially do 315 x 4... THAT is overload!

    Quote Originally Posted by aggravated View Post
    Is it just me or does that seem completely contradicting in itself.
    no it is not. you are looking a the warm up as actual sets. the 3 heavy working squat sets are the overload!

    for kgtomcat and other this is a pyramid like in one of the previous posts:
    Standing Barbell Rows- 135x11, 185x8, 185x9, 155x11

    Why not do 205 x 6, x5, x4

    THAT is overload = muscle growth

    sorry if i was unclear what i meant. again the warm up sets i listed are a warmup nothing more, not part of the working sets. my overload squats were:
    485 x 5
    490 x 4
    500 x 4

    --> as much as possible for 4-6 reps.
    pyramiding would be
    405 x 12
    415 x 8
    425 x 6
    455 x 4 ---- see 455 x4 VS what could have been 500 x 4 above!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardknock View Post
    I agree that you probably wouldn't feel exceptional fatigue since that w/o looks as if your going pretty light, say, 75% of your max?
    hm im not really sure, as ive never really tried a 1rmax. never seemed to be much point. im going to do back again today, i suppose i could try doing less sets and heavier weights. the only problem is no matter how heavy i start i still have tons of energy at the end and my back doesnt feel as worked unless i hit it from every angle. not sure, maybe its just mental
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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzer View Post
    hahaha ok i need to clarify a bit, i apologize to all your guys.
    I know what you meant KgTomCat... but that is not overloading. if say 300x 4 of whatever is your max then you should be doing as close to 300 x 4 in your sets as possible, NOT 275 x8, 285 x 6, etc etc... that is prefatiguing the muscle group... by the last set you cannot do 300 x 4 anymore.

    so what i mean is say you can flat bench 300 x 4 at the end of your pyramid if you did a proper warmup and jumped right into overload you could potentially do 315 x 4... THAT is overload!



    no it is not. you are looking a the warm up as actual sets. the 3 heavy working squat sets are the overload!

    for kgtomcat and other this is a pyramid like in one of the previous posts:
    Standing Barbell Rows- 135x11, 185x8, 185x9, 155x11

    Why not do 205 x 6, x5, x4

    THAT is overload = muscle growth

    sorry if i was unclear what i meant. again the warm up sets i listed are a warmup nothing more, not part of the working sets. my overload squats were:
    485 x 5
    490 x 4
    500 x 4

    --> as much as possible for 4-6 reps.
    pyramiding would be
    405 x 12
    415 x 8
    425 x 6
    455 x 4 ---- see 455 x4 VS what could have been 500 x 4 above!!
    IDK why I wrote that, sorry, reminds me of my Max-OT days hahaha
  

  
 

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