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    Remon van der Pol
    November 4, 2007

    Again, a very nice post! I always had the urge to do quite a few of my sets quickly to “get it over with”, LOL. I noticed the momentum feeling that you described too, but I didn’t forced myself to do it more slowly though. I guess that it would have brought me better results in the end, but i’m focussing on cardio alone right now so i’m not lifting weights at the moment :)

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    Bill
    November 4, 2007

    great site and post! Remon, why aren’t you doing weights right now? And a question for all– I guess I have too much muscle right now. Should I just stop doing weights and focus on cardio until I’m happy with my size, or do I do the weight program rusty suggests? I’m concerned I”ll grow or maintain even on that, since I’ve grown pretty well in the past on High Intensity Routine’s of even just one hard set done once a week…. thanks!

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    Jonneh
    November 4, 2007

    I have to admit, sadly – I have used momentum to my advantage countless times when I work out – especially if no one is around to see…haha! In fact, I sort of just do it…my mind doesn’t think about it, because I’ve created a habit out of doing it, so that means I’ll need to work extra hard to try and cut that bad habit out of my routine. I’m not saying I fling the weight around ruthlessly, but I do use momentum and I need to stop that. Thanks for the reminder and heads up! I’m basically just cheating myself, in a way.

    Also… “To be honest, you could stick to light weights and get good results as long as you are really focused on generating strong contractions (I’ll discuss that in a future post).” — I’ll be looking forward to that post. :]

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    admin
    November 4, 2007

    Bill,

    Reduce muscle on purpose? You are going to get me in trouble with “the bodybuilding police” again…LOL! You sound like you are just naturally a bigger guy, so this doesn’t sound like excessive muscle.

    If you do want to slim down a bit, I wouldn’t recommend the traditional HIT routine of Mike Mentzer. You are still training to failure and that will definitely stimulate muscle growth. Trian more like an olympic athlete that has to stay within a certain weight class…lots of cardio and a lower volume of lifting with heavier weights without training to failure.

    Hope that helps,

    Rusty

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    Mark McCullagh
    November 9, 2007

    One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when lifting weights is performing the movements too quickly. Especially the negative part of the movement.

    Other mistakes that go hand-in-glove are using too much weight, too little weight, and improper form and focus.

    Good advice on this Rusty: use a light weight until you learn how to perform the movement properly.

    Use a weight that you can handle in perfect form, concentrate and focus on the muscle group being trained, and keep trying to “one-up” your previous workout.

    The way I always looked at it: I’m there to train my muscles, not my ego. Some dude may be benching 365, but he doesn’t look as good as me with his shirt off (what did I say about ego??)

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    admin
    November 10, 2007

    Mark,

    Your comments are always appreciated. Like me, you’ve been working out for 20+ years and always have great stuff to add to the articles.

    Hopefully you guys keep your shirts on in the gym (of course you do)…but I ran into a weirdo one time that wanted to have a “flex-off” with me. I told him that I don’t pose…and think it is retarded unless someone plans to compete in bodybuilding. He was the same dude that stunk bad and told me that “sweat is a natural shower”, when I told him he smelled.

    Funny stuff!

    Rusty

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    Mark McCullagh
    November 10, 2007

    Rusty,

    I remember reading about a real hardcore gym in the States that strictly FORBID anyone to wear a tank top unless they had 17″ or 18″ arms (I forget which one it was).

    I thought that was pretty funny, and pretty cool.

    Being stinky in the gym is just rude. Having stinky hockey equipment (I’m from Canada, eh?) is understandable.

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    Brandon
    February 2, 2008

    hey rusty, you say don’t train to failure, what i do is ill do lets say 5 reps on something but that last rep is pretty tough to get up but i can get it up with good form then i end the set. Is that what i should do? Because I technically go to failure because I cant put up another perfect rep. Should I stop before i get to that point?should I still have one perfect rep left in the tank when I stop? Or am I doing the right thing. I dont do any partial reps or anything. Just wondering what you think.

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    admin
    February 2, 2008

    Brandon,

    You are doing the right thing for sure. You just don’t want to ever attempt a rep you can’t finish. As long as you are 100% certain you can get that rep up, then go for it. If you keep training like this you will continue to get strong with very few sticking points.

    Rusty

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    Bertie
    November 27, 2008

    Heya, first of all, great site and thanks for being a bit of a beacon in the internet world of ‘get big or else’, my question about this is; is it normal to feel a touch of soreness after your workout? This is a little bit subjective in my case, I have been lifting low weight high rep for about 3 or 4 months, not very well and not really pushing myself, I followed the guidelines of the articles pretty well but after doing bi’s and tri’s my arms felt a little sore the next day. Is it just my muscles adapting to a new way of being worked or did I go a little heavy? I’m gonna lift lighter next time anyway and see what the result is but I’m just wondering.

    Cheers (if you still read this post ;))
    Bertie

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    Vitaliy
    August 25, 2009

    Hey Rusty thanks for the workouts man, ive been doing the toning one for about 2 or 3 weeks now and im allready seeing big results but is there a plateau effect that happens when you try to tone? and if the reps are getting too easy should I increase the weight?

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