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How should an exercise feel?

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    Hey again, everybody. One more quick question. How should lifting feel? I hear people talking about a burn all the time, but I never burn. I get quasy pumps, I lift to failure everytime. I feel the muscles contract VERY hard, but I don't burn... So, yeah. How's lifting supposed to feel?
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    Originally posted by gntlben View Post
    Hey again, everybody. One more quick question. How should lifting feel? I hear people talking about a burn all the time, but I never burn. I get quasy pumps, I lift to failure everytime. I feel the muscles contract VERY hard, but I don't burn... So, yeah. How's lifting supposed to feel?
    This is pretty subjective, but...

    You'll probably feel the burn more often/quickly in some muscles than in others. I feel it in my calves and forearms, especially.

    Having a mind-muscle connection and feeling the muscles contract through the controlled movement is important. Not simply "going through the motions." Good to hear that you seem to be doing that.

    You probably shouldn't go to failure on every set for a body part, though, only the last set or possibly the last two. But certainly the last rep of every set not taken to failure should be close to the last one possible at that weight.

    In general you should be feeling a good deal of resistance in the correct muscles for the exercise (i.e. when benching you should feel your chest doing most of the work as opposed to triceps or front deltoids).
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    • #3
      Some say you need pumps, some say you gotta lift heavy.

      Decide
      No one is special, some were patient.

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      • #4
        How many reps are doing for each bodypart?

        I feel that to feel the burn,you`d have to be doing a bit higher reps for the most part...pyramids work good on a lot of exercises.....example,12,10,8,6,15,adding wt. each set then decreasing it for the final set and going for a mega-pump and burn in the targeted area.
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        • #5
          Thanks alot y'all! I'm glad to know I'm doing it right. I didn't know that the pump came from higher reps lower weight. I just thought I was doing something wrong. I think I'll try heavy, with one excercise of high reps for each body put to burn it out at the end. Thanks a heap!

          Ben
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          • #6
            Burning is from lactic acid building up and throwing off your pH.

            Typically happens in higher rep ranges.

            The real question is, how do YOU feel when you're lifting? Do you feel like it was all good?

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            • #7
              Also developing the mind/muscxle connection will help you feel the muscles a lot more than you would by just heaving the weight around.......good form is a serious plus.
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              • #8
                for a good burn i like my lifting style. i do 2 working sets per exercise.... for the 1st i go 10-12 reps to failure, that gets the burn started. and on the 2nd set i do a much heavier weight 3-5 reps to failure, drop the weight and go 4-7 reps to failure, go back up to the first weight of the set and do 3-6 negatives, and then lastly drop the weight greatly and do 4 sec positives 4 sec negatives to failure

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by killinweights View Post
                  for a good burn i like my lifting style. i do 2 working sets per exercise.... for the 1st i go 10-12 reps to failure, that gets the burn started. and on the 2nd set i do a much heavier weight 3-5 reps to failure, drop the weight and go 4-7 reps to failure, go back up to the first weight of the set and do 3-6 negatives, and then lastly drop the weight greatly and do 4 sec positives 4 sec negatives to failure
                  Judging by yer profile pic, it's working for you!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lights Out View Post
                    Judging by yer profile pic, it's working for you!

                    lol thanks thats about 2 years old but i havent really been motivated enough to take a new pic... set a goal and wont show anybody anything until i hit it lol

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by killinweights View Post
                      lol thanks thats about 2 years old but i havent really been motivated enough to take a new pic... set a goal and wont show anybody anything until i hit it lol
                      Haha I hear you. When I hit my last goal (lose 30 pounds or so of FAT) I wasn't happy at all! Not enough muscle! And so it goes...
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                      • #12
                        lol yeah ive got about 50lbs to go, then ill start cutting... gotta look big for my first show

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by killinweights View Post
                          lol yeah ive got about 50lbs to go, then ill start cutting... gotta look big for my first show
                          Cool--and maybe as important, gotta look razor sharp and conditioned.
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                          • #14
                            exactly thats why im gaining so much more mass is because i know i have a lot to lose lol

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by killinweights View Post
                              exactly thats why im gaining so much more mass is because i know i have a lot to lose lol
                              Keep us all posted on your contest prep and plans. Maybe start a thread closer to the time. Always good to follow people's paths to victory!
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