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 Post subject: Intensity - VolumePosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:04 am
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Please excuse my ignorance but I would like to ask you to explain in plain English those two terms.
In the link below you can see different magnitudes of Intensity - Volume (High, Moderate, Low).
What does it mean?
When do we have High Intensity and when High Volume?
Please give an example with numbers to make it easier to understand.
Thank You

http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/Periodization.html

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:50 am
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Simply

High Intensity = Heavy weights (80% of 1 rep maximum)
Low Intensity = Light weights

High Volume = High Reps and sets (e.g. 12 reps x 5 sets)
Low Volume = Low Reps and sets (e.g. 6 reps x 3 sets)

Hope this helps,

Rik

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:08 pm
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This is why I dislike the use of the word intensity. What Rik said is correct. When the term intensity is used in terms of weight training, it usually refers to the % if 1 RM. For Instance, high intensity, low volume training (similar to the old HIT) might mean to use a weight as heavy as possible for the desired rep range,for 1 or 2 sets per that exercise.However, anyone that likes complexes and KB work will tell you that some of the most INTENSE workouts they've had used no more than 50% weights, but are done withseveral exercises run toghether with very little rest. IMO< intensity can mean several different things, but is most often associated with percent 1 RM.
Tim

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:16 pm

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I view intensity also as how close to failure you go. I think of volume as more sets. However weight and reps enter into it too. SO as you can see the terms are too vague.

Just stick with loading by 1RM% and the number of reps and sets you do.

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:53 pm
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There are really 2 different definitions of Intensity. Percentage of 1 RM is one. The other is effort. Using the latter definition, you can increase intensity by increasing the reps you do, by decreasing the rest between sets or by doing forced reps. None of these methods affect intensity as defined by percent of 1RM. However, from the point of view of the article that was referred to. percent of 1RM is the correct one.

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:54 pm
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stuward wrote:
There are really 2 different definitions of Intensity. Percentage of 1 RM is one. The other is effort. Using the latter definition, you can increase intensity by increasing the reps you do, by decreasing the rest between sets or by doing forced reps. None of these methods affect intensity as defined by percent of 1RM. However, from the point of view of the article that was referred to, percent of 1RM is the correct one.

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