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How Many Reps to Build Muscle BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES

What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, AHTLEAN.COM. What is the perfect number for a bodyweightexercise for you to do to get the best results from ité That's a good question here, guys. It's atricky question. Actually, I'm setting you up because that answer should be, 'It depends,quot;and it's going to depend on a lot of things. When you're working bodyweight exercises intoprogramming, you have to take into account a lot of different things, namely, the strength level of the person you'reprogramming it for. And secondly, their body

weight because the body weight is acting asa resistance. But there's so many times, there's so manyprograms that I come across where I see specific numbers being laid out there for you to doon a bodyweight exercise, and it's doing 1 of 2 things. We know it'sdoing a disservice to you, but it's doing it in 1 of 2 ways. Either it's setting the bar too low becauseif it's recommending 20 Pull Ups and you can do 30, guess whaté You're not really getting pushed hard enoughto cause an adaptive response. If it's saying

20 Pull Ups and you can only do 3, guess whaté You're being set up for failure, right, tofail in a bad way. So, what we want to do is, I wanted to kind of dip in to some ofour programming tactics here. One of the ones we use throughout a lot ofour NXT Programs which are our advanced monthly program that we have a lot of our guys havealready graduated from AX1 and AX2. And also, a lot of the foundation of whatwe do with the ATHLEAN XERO PROGRAM which has allowed it to help guys build muscle, much more than any other bodyweight programout there. So, it's this tactic that we have

here basically it's a multiplier effect. So, the way you want to really do this, andthis is kind of cool because you can actually take a bodyweight exercise by the time thistutorial is done, challenge a buddy, and see who does a betterjob on getting to this number. I'll show you how we calculate it. So, you take your bodyweight exercise, thefirst thing you want to do is, you want to do that exercise to failure. So, whether we're talking about Push Ups,or whether we're talking about a Pull Ups

or talking about Dips, you want to do yourfirst set, give it your best effort that you've got. Now, the cool thing again is, it may varyfrom day to day. We know that some days we show up to the gym feeling great, being ableto give us your best effort, and other days, not so much. So, we want tomake sure that we're talking apples to apples. We want to make sure that on the day thatyou've got your best, that we're going to get the best out of you.So, you take your first set, you do it to failure. Warm up really, really quickly. Youdo your first set to failure.

Once we've got that number, let's say it'sPush Ups, and I get 50 out, ok. That's my number. Now, how do we get a workout off of thatéWell, we look for 3 different stages, or 4. We've basically got a solid effort. A solid effort for me is basically a C+. Youknow, a C+ and B, C+, B probably. We've got 150. So, if you do 150 Push Ups for thatworkout, and again, the parameter of rest time is importanttoo. And I always say, let's keep this in a minute and a half or under.

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