^^ What they said.
I wish more women would lift because:
A) They would finally kill the myth of getting bulky, since it doesn't happen
B) There would be a lot more hot women walking around. Just sayin.
As far as the 3x5 thing goes, it depends. The first thing it depends on is what type of muscle fibers are predominant on the person and where they are predominant. The second depends on if the weight is heavier for the 3x5 than the 5x5. If it is, then I would tend to believe NO. Which is probably the exact opposite of what most people would think. The heavier the weights, the more myofibilar hypertrophy (actual muscle building) vs lighter, but more volume, sarcoplasmic hypertrophy which leads to larger "looking" muscles but is due to fluid (sarcoplasma) within the muscle.
To get the myofibilar hypertrophy, you need to lift heavier weights for less reps but do not go to failure (most of the time). The sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is mostly built using higher reps.
I learned this by chance in my own lifting and have read several things that sorta back it up, hence the two hypertrophy names that I learned.
As for Hawaiigirl, I would just stick to the 5x5 as it is not high volume and will get you to your goals. Plus, you will get much stronger much faster.
Last edited by IcarianVX; 08-17-2011 at 02:49 PM.
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