Low volume training - for tonning or mass?

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Low volume training - for tonning or mass?

Post by mark_27 » Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:44 pm

Hello! my question is:
is low volume trainning more suitable for hypertrophy or tonning, or for both?

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Post by Ryan A » Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:08 pm

Low volume training is most suitable for strength.

Hypertrophy and toning are really the same thing except that toning has the requirement that there be minimal fat around the muscle as well.

Now, many people find low volume training to be effective while on calorie restrictive diets because it does not require as much fuel and therefore people do not tend to overreat or feel hungry due to higher volume of other programs.

Let's define what I mean by low volume to avoid any confusion.

I think low volume would be anything with 10 (approximate) or fewer reps per muscle. eg, 2 sets of 5 reps, 3x3, 5x2,10x1.

This is just a rough definition and high voulume might be over 20 reps per workout. So between 10 and 20 you are kind of doing moderate volume.

If you are a beginner, then low volume training is great for everything because that is all you need. Why spend 5 sets of 10 when you can get 95% of the results from 1set of 10.