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Monday, September 5, 2011

One Set Enough?

One of the hottest debates between HIT,High Intensity Bodybuilding and HVT,or High Volume Training is the question of, should you perform numerous sets per exercise or just one set to failure? 
To answer that necessitates a look to see what actually makes a muscle grow and become stronger. Does it take sub-failure sets that work a muscle but stop prior to muscular failure?  Or is it more effective to train a muscle with one all out set with slow, controlled reps? Is it necessary to perform multiple, one set exercises? The answer is.... it depends. If a muscle group is primarily fast twitch then a good course of action would be to do one to three sets total for that muscle group spread out over 2-3 exercises. It also depends greatly on how each set is performed. If you were to do a set to failure then do three forced reps after that and continue with 2-3 negative-only reps and finish with a couple of static holds then it is likely that the best course of action would be to do just one set total for that muscle group during that training session. If the intensity was high but not taken to the extreme above then depending on the muscle group and fiber type it would make sense to do 3-4 total sets for that body part.  That is why it is best to work with an experienced trainer who can guide your workouts and change them as necessary.

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