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Unread 06-30-2018, 12:32 PM
Jmicheal92 Jmicheal92 is offline
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Hi i wanted to ask if we wre usig higher reps to build muscle like 8-12,12-15 even 25 do we still need to get stronger and add weight to keep muscle size increasing?
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Unread 06-30-2018, 02:00 PM
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Yes.
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Unread 06-30-2018, 02:25 PM
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Its possible you can increase size by continuing to add reps/sets and lessen rest with progressive overload, but it'll be plain silly if your sole goal is size.

I also heard that most people arent able to recognize true fatigue, and would probably stop before even being able to effectively stimulate tension with such high reps.
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Hi i wanted to ask if we wre usig higher reps to build muscle like 8-12,12-15 even 25 do we still need to get stronger and add weight to keep muscle size increasing?
How strong are you currently? If youre not cat 4 or so on most compound lifts based on rippetoe table then youre going to add a heck of a lot more muscle by focusing on strength instead of sets of 25
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That's interesting BEATMEOUTTAME, I've checked the rippetoe tables by curiosity, my maxes are cat 4 for every lift.

Does it mean that now I should not focus on increasing weight on bars for gaining more muscles ?
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Unread 07-01-2018, 09:05 AM
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Without knowing more about the OP, I find it hard to recommend those strength standards. If what turned up on Google is accurate, then category 4 is pretty darn strong. After a year of serious training I think most of my lifts are in the category 2 level, and I don't think I'll ever get to category 4 on some of those lifts.

OP, I've been hearing on several podcasts lately that you can build muscle in just about any reasonable rep range (e.g., you're not just going for singles or sets of 100), but as Fried Bacon says, it's a little more difficult to tell how far away from failure you are on those higher rep sets. Focus on getting stronger within the rep ranges that you're working in.
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