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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    You've put on some size which is awesome

    What's up with this volume whilst benching? Over 30 reps...

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    Cheers

    I started with fairly low volume for chest and didn't see much growth, upped the volume and the chest gains have come, albeit slowly


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    (Original post by Reps4Jesus)
    Cheers

    I started with fairly low volume for chest and didn't see much growth, upped the volume and the chest gains have come, albeit slowly


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    It's still a tonne of volume.. 5x5 for bench is more than enough volume for chest development, if you're concerned pause all reps for 1 second.. Candito amongst others recommend it.

    Seen as this is swolie season it seems on TSR... I might have to post some pics tomorrow.
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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    It's still a tonne of volume.. 5x5 for bench is more than enough volume for chest development, if you're concerned pause all reps for 1 second.. Candito amongst others recommend it.

    Seen as this is swolie season it seems on TSR... I might have to post some pics tomorrow.
    I'll probably change to just doing 5x5 when I go to uni..there's no rack at my current gym so I'd have to clean 60-odd kilos everytime I bench haha


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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Seen as this is swolie season it seems on TSR... I might have to post some pics tomorrow.
    Do it
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    Solid noob gains

    train traps more
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    (Original post by tehforum)
    Solid noob gains

    train traps more
    Cheers

    Haven't seen any trap growth tbh, I'll need to change something whether that's more volume or having a pause at the top


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    Nice progress man!

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    Nice progress man!

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    Thanks man how are the exams going?


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    18/5/14

    Squats - 35kg (1x20)
    DB Shoulder press - 15kg (3x10)
    Lat pulldown - 55kg (4x6) PB
    CGBP - 45kg (3x7) PB
    Curls - 12.5kg x not so many then 10kg x quite a lot
    Side raises - 5kg (3x15) PB
    Rear delt flies - 2.5kg (3x15)

    Squats were a killer, not sure how much growth I'll get with 1 set of 20 but it's better than none lol.
    CGBP was really awkward because I had to clean the barbell then lie down on the bench, nearly tumbled off the side haha.
    Side raises were killers.


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    (Original post by Reps4Jesus)
    Thanks man how are the exams going?


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    Going okay so far. Only a few more days left, then I'm in the clear.
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    Do it
    A tad keen there

    :sexface:

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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    A tad keen there

    :sexface:

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    haha I'd been out all day drinking in the sun yesterday, didn't make it out but forced myself to stay up until 4am drinking water. So glad I did today as feeling alright. Probably resulted in some odd tsr/facebook/other forum posts. Oh well
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    You need to go heavy on a barbell.

    Use a hook grip and get some traps
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    Cheers

    Haven't seen any trap growth tbh, I'll need to change something whether that's more volume or having a pause at the top


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    (Original post by tehforum)
    You need to go heavy on a barbell.

    Use a hook grip and get some traps
    Do you pause or do slow negatives?


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    Neither

    Fast reps so you hold onto the bar and complete the set
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    Do you pause or do slow negatives?


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    (Original post by Reps4Jesus)
    Squats - 35kg (1x20)

    Squats were a killer, not sure how much growth I'll get with 1 set of 20 but it's better than none lol.
    I know people have mentioned this before but... 1x20 for squats?

    When I do legs I try to aim for 8-10 reps for squats.

    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    What's up with this volume whilst benching? Over 30 reps...
    (Original post by Reps4Jesus)
    I started with fairly low volume for chest and didn't see much growth, upped the volume and the chest gains have come, albeit slowly
    I don't see the problem with doing over 30 reps of bench press... Or any major exercise for each muscle group.

    Take squats for example, I do about 7/8 sets with 8-10 reps each set.

    With bench press I aim for 6-8 reps for 5/6 sets.
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    (Original post by pzoDe)
    I know people have mentioned this before but... 1x20 for squats?

    When I do legs I try to aim for 8-10 reps for squats.

    I don't see the problem with doing over 30 reps of bench press... Or any major exercise for each muscle group.

    Take squats for example, I do about 7/8 sets with 8-10 reps each set.

    With bench press I aim for 6-8 reps for 5/6 sets.
    Making progress with 8-10 rep sets is hard... very hard. Hence why compounds such as bench/ squat etc are usually done with 5 reps, especially noobs. R4J is doing the best for his situation so it's fair enough tbh.
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    Yeh just trying to do what I can with squats for the next 4 months before I start uni..

    I'll be curling more than I can squat by that time


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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Making progress with 8-10 rep sets is hard... very hard. Hence why compounds such as bench/ squat etc are usually done with 5 reps, especially noobs. R4J is doing the best for his situation so it's fair enough tbh.
    Haha fair enough, I've done myself good in my opinion. I'm not primarily looking for size though which makes a difference. It's a secondary goal, primarily I'm improving my strength and fitness. I actually quoted him because he said he saw more improvements with >30 reps contrary to your post.

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    Yeh just trying to do what I can with squats for the next 4 months before I start uni..

    I'll be curling more than I can squat by that time
    Do you play any sports, especially those with more running and contact, like rugby? I also found judo was great for my lower body and as a full body fitness session.

    I do sprint intervals every day that I go to the gym and that's vastly improved my leg strength. Try running/cycling several times a week. Plyometric leg exercises are good too.

    Also partly by following some of the videos on mobilityWOD (look it up) I've seriously improved my range of motion with squats, allowing myself to go really deep with more weight. Might be worth checking it out.
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    I used to deadlift and can't say they did anything for my traps. The best trap recruitment I get (may vary, this is just ME) is from: farmers walks, kettlebell swings, any type of powerclean movement (which is why KB swings work). I'm on the fence with shrugs but not done them enough.

    My traps look minimal square on, but pretty awesome from the side. Attachments and all that vary.

    Btw only when I started farmers did my squat bar position improve (through growth of traps).

    Good progress. Keep it up

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