So I've been training hard since about march. Been gaining strength at what I'd call a quick rate. But then I joined these forums a week or two ago and I've been reading some people's workout logs and scratching my head...
I haven't seen anyone do as many sets as I typically do, so I'm wondering what key piece of information I may be missing.
I have a 4 day split, usually resting 1 day after legs and back.
Split: Chest/shoulders, Back, Biceps/Triceps, Legs
So, here's an example of my Back day:
My usual strategy is to do 3-5 sets. Start with a weight I can do for 8-12 reps, and keep adding weight so that by set 3-4 I am only able to do at most 5 reps. Anything with a * means it's optional and depends on how tired I am. Since dead lifts come last I have to leave out a few exercises if I feel like I won't be able to max out on them. Might have to consider moving them up to first, but I'm worried that my back will just be trashed after doing them first.
Rest for all but dead lifts is about 20-45 seconds.
1. warmup on Machine lat pulldowns
2. Single arm pulley lat pull down
3. seated machine pullovers
4. Close grip row
5. Lat pulldowns (because I did single arm pulldowns, I'll do at most 3 more sets at high weight/low rep to completely fatigue muscles)
6. close grip pulldowns
7. Wide grip row*
8. Push downs*
9. Face pulls*
11. deadlift lockouts
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.