I posted this already in the intro section but no one answered it just yet, and I assume it's a simple question. I've been working out for about 8 months now 3x a week but only a week ago added a second set into my exercises AND switched almost completely to free weights (except for legs). I don't complete as many reps on the second set as I did on the first, though I rest for a good amount of time. Should I adjust the weight I'm using so I definately hit the same amount of reps for the second set as I did for the first?
Also, I think it would be a great idea to have a body cut like bruce lee's, considering we were about the same height and weight, and bascially use the same martial art. I found this article:
the reason you cannot complete the same amount of reps on the second set is becaue you are probably training to failure on the first 1. Train 1-2 reps short of failure, and you should get the same amount of reps on second set (ofcourse with the proper RI)
If you want a body cut like bruce lee's you will have to work on your diet.
I'm not at all surprised that you're not as capable on the second set. Firstly, you can't expect to be able to perform at the same level on all sets. The first working set simply sees you at your best; subsequent sets see you after you recover and you don't recover 100% in a short amount of time. Secondly, switching to free weights is extremely taxing. It really is quite a jump from machines (assuming that's what you were doing), and your body will take some time to adjust to the extra demand.
Push yourself. Enjoy yourself. Be yourself.
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