How many Sets of Squats do you do?

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    How many Sets of Squats do you do?

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    I ramp up to one all out set. Probably 5-6 in total.

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    On a day that I feel real good,

    Squats, nothing but, for atleast an hour.

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    Two warmups and 3 working sets 6-8 reps

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    I have about a 15 min warmup with extremely light weight and just working form and range of motion. Then 5 working sets of 5-reps

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    Because of back injuries I have to do squats mid workout. 1 warmup set and 3 working sets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IronAddict View Post
    On a day that I feel real good,

    Squats, nothing but, for atleast an hour.

    That sounds brutal. you do iso shit as well?

    Nowadays, I can only do 4-5 then im done. Not sure if its because my gear dosages are just a fraction of what they use to be, or im just aging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFW View Post
    That sounds brutal. you do iso shit as well?

    Nowadays, I can only do 4-5 then im done. Not sure if its because my gear dosages are just a fraction of what they use to be, or im just aging.
    Let's go with the gear dosages
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    a light set then 5 x 5

    will finish with 3 x 20 walking lunges (brutal)

    then leg extensions
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    I hit them after leg press, so my quads are usually jello after 4-5 sets. I also do a drop set on my last working set.

    On gear, I train legs 2x/wk, so I'll usually have another day where I'll knock out 6-7 sets of heavy squats.

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    Highly variable depending on my program, the intensity, whether or not you count warm-up sets, and depending on whether you are looking at the entire week or within a given workout.
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    ^^^^ this.

    BB style.... 2-3high reps sets.
    PL style.... 5-6 low reps sets of 1-3
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    I keep the sets pretty high, and I'm currently doing three different kinds of squats-Regular, fronts and high-bar. I don't do nearly as much weight compared to before lower back disc surgery a few years ago. I usually do around 12 sets of the three exercises and then some calf work on leg days. I like to train fast, with less than a minute between sets. Very different compared to how I trained a few years ago, but I'm starting to enjoy the different style.

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    5 bulging disks with the usual neural/ spinal stenosis (diagnosed 8 months ago) so im currently only doing split squats. Just started rack pulls 2 months ago working my way back to the deadlift and eventually regular squats.

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    2 sets warmup
    3 or 4 sets ramping up the weight, usually depends on how busy the gym is, mood, etc.
    Then 3 sets of goblet squats. <--this is new for me
    Then 3 sets of either walking or regular lunges.
    Then 3 sets of 20 reps on the leg extension to get a lactic acid burn and pump.

    Starting this week I'm switching things up and will be trying out the goblet squats as a warmup for the regular squats.

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    4 sets. This has been my squat routine this cycle:

    135 x 12
    225 x 12
    315 x 10
    365 x 8-10

    I've been sticking with the same weight cause I feel my form suffers too much if I go too heavy. But instead of going heavier I just try to get more reps on the last set. I got straight to quad extension machine afterward and max that bitch out and get a GREAT PUMP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    5 bulging disks with the usual neural/ spinal stenosis (diagnosed 8 months ago) so im currently only doing split squats. Just started rack pulls 2 months ago working my way back to the deadlift and eventually regular squats.
    I blew two lower discs completely, and had to have them repaired, along with considerable nerve damage that the surgeon said was likely due to years of abuse. I competed in powerlifting for over a decade, lifted heavy since High School and played football in H.S. and College. I'm sure all of the above contributed to the issues over time. I'm also 44, so that doesn't help much, either. Sorry to hear about the problems you are having, and I hope your disc problems improve, and you don't need surgery. If you do, they are doing some remarkable things these days. I had a Discectomy and a Laminectomy. The rehab took many months, but the relief has been remarkable. Never really realized how much pain I was in until I had it fixed. I'm just very grateful the nerve damage wasn't worse, and I was able to avoid fusion. Two years later and things are going very well, all things considered. I've had to cut back a lot of mass and work more for overall fitness as opposed to mass and power. I tried to come back and lift heavy after surgery, but I had a lot of pain, and the doc said I was just heading for more surgery. Best of luck to you, and I feel for your situation, believe me.

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    I do 3 warm-ups then 3 progressively heavier work sets and my last set is the weight of my first work set. Usually 7 sets.
    Sometimes after wards I will do a bunch of sets of 50% for ~3-5 reps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    I blew two lower discs completely, and had to have them repaired, along with considerable nerve damage that the surgeon said was likely due to years of abuse. I competed in powerlifting for over a decade, lifted heavy since High School and played football in H.S. and College. I'm sure all of the above contributed to the issues over time. I'm also 44, so that doesn't help much, either. Sorry to hear about the problems you are having, and I hope your disc problems improve, and you don't need surgery. If you do, they are doing some remarkable things these days. I had a Discectomy and a Laminectomy. The rehab took many months, but the relief has been remarkable. Never really realized how much pain I was in until I had it fixed. I'm just very grateful the nerve damage wasn't worse, and I was able to avoid fusion. Two years later and things are going very well, all things considered. I've had to cut back a lot of mass and work more for overall fitness as opposed to mass and power. I tried to come back and lift heavy after surgery, but I had a lot of pain, and the doc said I was just heading for more surgery. Best of luck to you, and I feel for your situation, believe me.
    thanks man
    I most likely will not need any surgery unless I do something to mess it up more. I am getting to the point now where I actually forget sometimes i ever had a back injury, some days are better than others though.
    When it first happened it was scary, I was playing basketball and was changing direction and this dude ran into me. Lost pretty much all strength in my legs for a good 15 min, they had to slide me of the court lol

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    Per session, it can vary from 5-10. For the week is well above 15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFW View Post
    That sounds brutal. you do iso shit as well?

    Nowadays, I can only do 4-5 then im done. Not sure if its because my gear dosages are just a fraction of what they use to be, or im just aging.
    And effective, but that was when I was training ballsout. Nowadays strictly a circuit, still train with the intensity just not so long and hard.

    This frees up a lot of freetime for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    I blew two lower discs completely, and had to have them repaired, along with considerable nerve damage that the surgeon said was likely due to years of abuse. I competed in powerlifting for over a decade, lifted heavy since High School and played football in H.S. and College. I'm sure all of the above contributed to the issues over time. I'm also 44, so that doesn't help much, either. Sorry to hear about the problems you are having, and I hope your disc problems improve, and you don't need surgery. If you do, they are doing some remarkable things these days. I had a Discectomy and a Laminectomy. The rehab took many months, but the relief has been remarkable. Never really realized how much pain I was in until I had it fixed. I'm just very grateful the nerve damage wasn't worse, and I was able to avoid fusion. Two years later and things are going very well, all things considered. I've had to cut back a lot of mass and work more for overall fitness as opposed to mass and power. I tried to come back and lift heavy after surgery, but I had a lot of pain, and the doc said I was just heading for more surgery. Best of luck to you, and I feel for your situation, believe me.
    I'm glad you're OK. I couldn't imagine walking around all day in pain like that!
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    3 Sets Heavy weight till failure.
    450+ lbs... Then add 25's as needed.
    To where I can only get 5 to 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    thanks man
    I most likely will not need any surgery unless I do something to mess it up more. I am getting to the point now where I actually forget sometimes i ever had a back injury, some days are better than others though.
    When it first happened it was scary, I was playing basketball and was changing direction and this dude ran into me. Lost pretty much all strength in my legs for a good 15 min, they had to slide me of the court lol
    Back injuries are a bitch, and I'm glad you don't see surgery in your future just yet. It should be a last resort. Very scary stuff. When I finally blew the discs, i could not stand up straight, and my legs were numb and my ability to walk was severely compromised. I was scared to death. I thought the doctor was going to tell me that I was going to be in a wheelchair. I put it off for a few days, and my wife made me go to my GP, who said I needed an immediate MRI. Once the surgeon saw the MRI, he said I needed surgery the following Monday. My wife drove me to the hospital over the weekend, and he did the procedure. Again, I was worried that i might lose function of my legs. I've had a lot of injuries, and more than a few surgeries, but this was very emotionally traumatic, and the possibility of paralysis just scared me to death. Fortunately, all came out well, and all I faced after surgery was a lengthy recovery process. The shift in training style and training goals has been an adjustment, but I need to take care of my body and be around for my family. I love being large and powerful as much as anyone on this site, and I lived that lifestyle for decades, but at this point it is about overall fitness and conditioning, and avoiding further invasive medical procedures. I had do seek treatment for some muscle dysmorphia issues and such, but so far the transition is going well, and I have far less pain and my training is going well and I am making progress in an entirely different direction than before. What a difference a couple years makes. I tried to come back and train with intensity and gain all the mass and power baack, but the pain and risk of injury is simply too high at this point. The last thing I want is to with confinment to a wheelchair permanently in my 40's. Sport can be very addictive, and I was very hooked on being the biggest and strongest guy around. Turns out that is very hard to let go of, even when faced with trmendous physical dibilitation as a very real possibility. What a long, strange trip it's been!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theCaptn' View Post
    will finish with 3 x 20 walking lunges (brutal)
    With a spotter or without?

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    Just this week i started the advanced German Volume (just to change things up)

    Yesterday I did 10 sets on squats.Started with 8 reps and finished with 5.

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    This is off a 5 day split I started doing years ago. All the warm ups have worked well for me. Very few injuries.
    Squats:
    2 X 20 @
    1 X 15 @
    1 X 12 @
    1 X 10 @
    1 X 8 @
    1 X 7 @
    1 X 6 @
    1 X 5 @
    1 X 4 @
    1 X 3 @
    2 X 8 @
    Leg Extensions:
    4 X 6-8 @
    Leg Curls:
    4 X 6-8 @

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    20rep set anyone?

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    sometimes very few sometimes more than 30
    it depends on the program!

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    I have used a routine that I have tweaked a bit recommended by BUILT. I do two leg workouts per week. One quad dominant workout and one hamstring dominant workout. On the quad day, I start with 3 - 4 sets of seated leg presses, then 3 sets of leg extensions. Now, my knees are properly warmed up and I do 3-5 sets of smith machine squats. I utilize a narrow stance to help enhance quad sweep and go as deep as my 45 year old body allows me to go. I really concentrate on good slow form. Yesterday, I was able to get 365 for 8 nice slow reps. Then, I throw in 3 sets of leg curls light high rep...

    My squat is improving because of the fact that I devote one of my two leg days to hamstrings. I start with RDL's, then do lying and seated leg curls. About 12-15 sets total. Then end with some light high rep leg extensions. My hamstrings have gotten much bigger and I am a firm believer that is my my squat is improving so much.

    I would recommend to try this routine to anyone looking for good, concentrated overall leg development.

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