100 Reps

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100 Reps

Post by Bridge » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:16 pm

As I get older and wiser, my attitudes toward exercise have changed, and I finally realize what "train don't strain" really means. I have found that 100 total reps of any exercise is more than enough, whether you do them in one set or 4 sets of 25. Pounding out high volume reps day after day of pushups and other exercises can strain the joints and cause other problems. I know I used to pound out many reps, as many as 500 per day a few years ago, but this is totally unnecessary and really not desirable. I now do not exceed 100 reps ever. I mix it up by doing what feels right on a daily basis, it might be 4 sets of 25, two sets of 50, or reps say of 65 and 35, whatever feels right. Any take on this?

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Re: 100 Reps

Post by emfermi » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:49 am

You might be right on that one Bridge. I think 100 dips per session gets you a great workout without any joint problem in the long term. That does not mean that you can`t do a high repetition session if you feel like it. But on a regular basis I think it would tend to increase the wear rate of the joints. Remember that Mr Atlas recommended doing 100 dips per day and 200 if you wanted a superb chest development. And since he recommended training twice per day, it translates to doing between 50-100 dips per training session. Gosh, DT was really way ahead of it´s time!!! :D

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Re: 100 Reps

Post by Bridge » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:30 pm

Right on! The Atlas Course was "light years" ahead of its time. So many of the so-called modern techniques like greasing the groove, mini-workouts, etc., were all in the Atlas course many years ago.

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Re: 100 Reps

Post by zigzag » Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:21 pm

Hi again,
I wonder how you guys feel about working out when your are a bit run down suffering from a cold etc? Sometimes when I've been unwell I find that exercising actually brings me round again and I feel much better for it. Other times such as now with a stinking cold all I want to do is reach for a hot toddy!

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Re: 100 Reps

Post by Bridge » Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:42 pm

We have to listen to our bodies. If I have a slight cold and feel tired, etc., I work out very lightly until I feel better. If I have a severe cold or flu, I rest completely until I feel able to exercise again.

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Re: 100 Reps

Post by tyciol » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:55 am

It's interesting because when I read about the routine of wrestler Chris Jericho, he had advocated doing high repetition schemes like this. Although that was with the bench press and with a light weight. The dip seems like more exertion and also a healthier way of doing so (since you can use the lower pec better from the angle) which explains why people get better strength from it.

Not to mention the benefits of the spinal traction while we dangle.

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