just wondering what i should do...I start at a moderate weight, but by the 4th set the weight is too heavy to even complete the 6th rep! Any advice?
Jeannette-You can either start lower or repeat a wt. for a set for instance you could do 12 reps at 5# and then 10 reps at 5# then go up from there until you get strong enough to increase the wts.
You can also get a set of 1# or 2# wrist wts. I've done this instead of going from 15-20#, gives me 17# when I use the 2 lbs...
Hope this helps! =)
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How many reps do you get on the 4th set? If it is three or maybe four I would say you are lifting too much and need to adjust the weights for your whole set. By that I mean start lighter, your first set, remember, is a warm up. If you are getting 5 I would say you are lifting the right amount. You want to push your against your limits constantly. Once I start pushing 6 reps I up the weight. I don't want my muscles to get comfortable. Having said that how are your 5th and 6th sets? Are you hitting your 10s? I am not diminishing the importance of the other sets but it is crucial to hit your 9s and 10s during the 5th and 6th set. Does this make sense?
...and to build on Orrin's comments, the key is to work the muscle to fatigue. If you are able to get 6 reps on the fourth set, you are doing good. If you have someone to spot you (help you by lightly assisting your motion) for the rest of the fourth set - all the better. For sets 5 and 6, drop down to a lighter weight and work each set to fatigue. By the last set I am usually at same weight as 2 or 3 and wimpering like a little baby.
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