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Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:00 pm
by stharrison
Hi guys, some of you may have noticed all of my posts are targeted towards improving my appearance, this is relating the difference between reps and sets and the effect on the muscle, and therefore muscle appearance. So I'm talking stuff like supersets, drop sets, circuit sets etc etc.

Body fat is not an issue and I have attached a picture to show this, slightly homo and old but a can't be arsed to take a new one. I am aiming for a ripped, constant hard look.

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Thanks guys!

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:23 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
you look amazing.
Keep doing whateva it is you are doing.
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Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:12 am
by robertscott
you need to eat more. A lot more.

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:58 pm
by stharrison
How come you say that robertscott? If I need to eat more surely its gotta be more protein!

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:43 pm
by stuward
It's not just protein. You need good fats and carbs too. In order to build some muscle you need to eat more. It doesn't mean you have to stuff yourself, I disagree with Bob slightly on this. If you keep the food nutrient dense, you can keep your leanness while you gain. In answer to your first question, adding volume to your workouts will build up muscle more. Aim for about 25-50 reps per major movement over 3-5 sets or so. Supersets can make your workouts more efficient. The other techniques are for increasing intensity of the sets. Take the 3 main variables (volume, frequency and intensity) and play with them. You can go high on 2 at a time but not 3. Rotate them around every 4 weeks or so.

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:15 am
by robertscott
i say bulk and bulk hard.

you're young enough and skinny enough to be able to pack on a LOT of size. You'll never have a metabolism as fast as the one you have now ever again.

EAT!

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:18 pm
by stharrison
Good carbs and bad carbs is something I've never really looked into, what are we referring to as good carbs? I eat brown bread, pasta, wraps, baked potato's, baked beans for carbs pretty much. And with bulking, I don't really want to get much bigger so.

Yeah I'm gonna have a play around, try to find something which I prefer the most really.

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:17 pm
by xshawnxearthx
You want a ripped, constant hard look, right? Then you need to bulk up a bit. Typically when a lifter wants to look ripped, he lowers his body fat % and then his muscles look huge and cut. If you aren't big to begin with, you need to bulk up in order for your arms/back/shoulders/chest to look big and cut.

What I wouldn't do to be your age with your bf%. I'd be GIANT!

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:04 am
by Jungledoc
stharrison wrote:And with bulking, I don't really want to get much bigger so.
So then, what is it about your appearance you want to change?

Re: Improving appearance.....sets and reps

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:21 pm
by stharrison
Well, yeah a want to get a bit bigger, specifically the delts, but other than that not to much bigger really, aiming to be propionate for my height, which is only 5.7 ish.