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What is a drop set?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Hi All,

A drop set is a technique typically used by bodybuilders to encourage muscle growth (hypertrophy) by fatiguing as much of the  muscle without recovery.  This is done by  dropping the amount of weight after reaching  failure at the end of a set so that you can continue an exercise using a lighter weight.  This allows the individual to do a larger volume of work, promoting a larger hypertrophy effect.

So at the end of a set, so when you fail you should drop the weight by 10-15% so you can carry on into a new set.  When failure occurs you should repeat this system, it is normally done 3-4 times before the set is ended.

Like any method of strength training that fatigues the muscle, drop sets can help to greatly increase muscular size. Muscle size and strength are correlated, muscle growth can occur without increased strength gains.. but this is a topic for another article.

Why not throw in some drop sets into your next workout and let us know how they go!