Is 5 Sets of 5 All wrong for Gaining Muscle?

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Ever wonder how many reps you should do to build muscle?  You’ve probably heard that 5×5 is superior.  Or the 8-12 rep range is optimal.  The Max-OT system by AST is geared for the 4-6 range for optimal muscle and strength gains.

It’s confusing and frankly, I have had luck and success with every range.  But it’s worth further discussion.

This new article is probably going to really irritate some of the strength coaches who told that you should ONLY lift weights in the 5 rep range…

But then again, the author doesn’t seem to care about THEM…

Being a body-builder, Tom Venuto (the author), claims that if you want to gain the MAXIMUM amount of muscle, then he has the true answer to how many reps you should really be doing:

Read: How Many Reps Should You Do to Build Maximum Muscle?

3 Responses to "Is 5 Sets of 5 All wrong for Gaining Muscle?"

  1. Edgar Alford P90X:
    April 20, 2011 07:42 am

    5 x 5 is indeed the best, even though I have not really experimented with the other sets. Nice Blog!

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  2. Anonymous:
    May 04, 2011 12:56 am

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Anonymous:
    August 13, 2011 06:49 pm

    5×5 is actually pretty good for starting.
    When I started years ago I did 5×5 and 4×6 workouts which were great for adding mass.
    However I’ve learnt ALOT since then and know what works best for adding pure mass with minimal fat gain.
    Lower reps are definately better than higher reps which I never gained any decent mass with.

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