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Old 03-15-2009, 02:50 AM   #1
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Quick question on 5x3 squats

Is the 3-3-3-3-3 progressing weight as opposed to weight across (so 225,245,265,285,305 OR 265,265,265,265,265 ?)
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:05 AM   #2
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Re: Quick question on 5x3 squats

Either one. Do a search and there are different schools of thought on this.
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:18 AM   #3
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Re: Quick question on 5x3 squats

I Decided to do Ascending instead of weight across as i wasnt sure about my 3rm etc.

It goes like this -
100kg, 110kg, 120kg, 122.5kg 125kg
lbs - 225, 245, 265, 270, 275.

had more left in me but ya nooooo
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:27 AM   #4
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Re: Quick question on 5x3 squats

You'll find the recovery from straight sets will take longer once you get heavy.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:06 AM   #5
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Re: Quick question on 5x3 squats

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You'll find the recovery from straight sets will take longer once you get heavy.
Very good reply. thanks
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:10 AM   #6
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Re: Quick question on 5x3 squats

What is an acceptable rest time between heavy sets? I'm not sure if I'm waiting long enough before attempting the next set. On the other hand, I feel like I'm cheating if I wait way too long.
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:54 AM   #7
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What is an acceptable rest time between heavy sets? I'm not sure if I'm waiting long enough before attempting the next set. On the other hand, I feel like I'm cheating if I wait way too long.
There is no set time. Many have written about 3-7 minutes being the optimal rest period if you're goal is to lift the heaviest you're able.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:26 AM   #8
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Re: Quick question on 5x3 squats

I'd say:
Ascending w/ >5 min b/t sets towards the end if you're attempting a PR
Sets across w/ ~5 min b/t sets if you're going for increased workload poundage
Sets across w/ minimal rest (1-2 min) b/t sets if you're going for "mass" gains and/or work capacity

But yeah, it's been covered a million times. Do what you want. Experiment.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:54 AM   #9
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I'd say:
Ascending w/ >5 min b/t sets towards the end if you're attempting a PR
Sets across w/ ~5 min b/t sets if you're going for increased workload poundage
Sets across w/ minimal rest (1-2 min) b/t sets if you're going for "mass" gains and/or work capacity

But yeah, it's been covered a million times. Do what you want. Experiment.
Jacob, can you explain how decreased rest between sets elicits mass gain?
I thought it was only affected by volume aka reps.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:17 PM   #10
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Jacob, can you explain how decreased rest between sets elicits mass gain?
I thought it was only affected by volume aka reps.

I honestly couldn't do it justice, but it's covered in Practical Programming and in numerous online articles, etc. and is part of the basis for Staley's EDT. I'll see if I can google-fu something.
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