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What does it mean when it says 3 sets?


  1. What does it mean when it says 3 sets?
  2. How many is 15 reps?
  3. Is 24 sets too much?
  4. What does it mean to do 2 sets of 15 reps?
  5. Is 15 sets too much?
  6. Is 12 sets per body part enough?
  7. Is 20 sets a day too much?
  8. How many sets is too much?

What does it mean when it says 3 sets?

A set is a group of repetitions (an example would be 3 sets of 12 repetitions).

How many is 15 reps?

The sets in a workout tell you how many times you will repeat a particular number of repetitions of a given exercise. Let's say you're doing triceps kickbacks. Two sets of 15 reps means you'll perform 15 kickbacks two times total, resting between each round. In total, you'll be doing 30 kickbacks.

Is 24 sets too much?

Dr Israetel's research shows that most muscles grow best with a weekly training volume of around 8–25 sets per muscle per week, ideally spread out over 2–5 workouts. However, this can vary between people and also between muscle groups.

What does it mean to do 2 sets of 15 reps?

Two sets of 15 reps means you'll perform 15 kickbacks two times total, resting between each round. In total, you'll be doing 30 kickbacks. As with the reps you do, you can also tailor your sets to your personal fitness goals.

Is 15 sets too much?

Most evidence-based fitness professionals recommend a training volume of 10-15 sets per muscle group per week. I've recommended 10-30 sets in my interviews the past years for most individuals with some outliers using higher volumes, like IFBB Pro Nina Ross.

Is 12 sets per body part enough?

It turns out that regardless of how hard you train within a session, there's only so much muscle you can build as a consequence of that workout. Current research indicates that anything between 3-10 sets per body part, per session, is sufficient to maximize muscle protein synthesis (MPS).

Is 20 sets a day too much?

So we know based on the 2017 meta-analysis mentioned earlier that roughly 10-20 sets per muscle per week is the sweet spot for maximizing growth. With beginners being at the lower end of this range and more experienced lifters being at the higher end of this range.

How many sets is too much?

The new standard: If you're doing eight or more reps, keep it to three sets or less. If you're pounding out less than three reps, you should be doing at least six sets.



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