The Basics

The Basics

Reps, Sets etc.

Reps and sets, two basic terminologies that bodybuilders, weight trainers, powerlifters, etc, have to be familiar with. Not only for gym protocol, just in case someone asks how many sets you have left, you can actually respond, but because it’s the basics of weight training. Without knowing what they mean, you wouldn’t be able to utilize workout plans or programs, efficiently. So let’s get right to it. Sets are the particular number amount, of an isolated exercise. For example; if someone said they are going to do 3 sets of biceps barbell curls, this means they are going to do 3 separate individual executions of that exercise. So basically 1 set, rest, 1 set, rest and 1 set and rest. This equals 3 sets of that particular exercise. Now that we got the higher aspect of weight training workout understood, we’ll go onto reps. Reps are included in sets and are the movements involved in sets. So yet again, with the biceps barbell curls, the reps would be how many of that motion, up and down, is involved in that 1 set of that exercise. Generally, it’s displayed as for example; 3 x 10. 3 is the sets and 10 is the reps. The positive motion is the contraction of the muscle, so the top motion. The negative motion, is the extension of the arm, so the down motion. Each, complete negative and positive motion equals a full rep. So a quick run through; sets are the number of a[…]

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I’m a newbie, help!

Majority of the people who come to me for any type of fitness assistance, after they’ve seen piles upon piles of pictures of me, or just my profile pictures on various forums I am on, are newbies. I welcome them eagerly, because helping you, helps me. By helping you, I cement the knowledge so that it’s second nature. In fact, it helps me revamp my own training, when I write out what it is one NEEDS to be doing if they ever want to gain any muscle mass. In this one post, I am going to try to go through majority of the basic knowledge one needs to have when they enter bodybuilding. I am going to touch on macro-nutrients and what they are, what’s a split, what kind of training should one do when starting off, and what should one eat or consume, supplement wise, when starting off. Firstly, you need to figure out what your long term goals are. What would you like to improve, or what would you like to see your body go towards, when it comes to your overall physique. Do you want to become muscular, like a beast? Do you want to lose body fat, and lean out? Do you just want to lean out and just have a body of a fitness model? If so, you have to make up your mind. Generally, people’s goals tend to change over time, as they start training, but in the end, it’s almost nearly the same.[…]

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