The whole lot You Have to Know About Excessive-Rep Coaching


Per Bernal / M+F Journal


Y3T (Yoda Three Coaching) has change into synonymous with adjectives pertaining to excessive depth. “Hell Week” is one other good description of Y3T, particularly once we’re speaking about Week 3, which has gained an notorious popularity due to the high-rep brutality in your muscle groups.

This isn’t only for “impact,” although. Excessive-rep coaching inside the Y3T cycle is a extra intense hypertrophy instrument that may remodel a cussed muscle group into one which’s finely tuned.

We will clarify the basics of Week Three of Y3T and the way it might help you obtain the perfect outcomes of your life. There’s additionally a full Week Three program to expertise for your self. Brace your self, as a result of issues are  about to get severe.


Charles Lowthian


There’s each mechanical and systematic stress going down when your physique endures high-rep coaching. Muscle fibers are uncovered to new rep ranges that carry a bias towards sarcoplasmic hypertrophy, predominately focusing on sort I slow-twitch muscle fibers. In consequence, there may be an uplift in “cell swelling,” which correlates with a rise in sarcoplasmic fluid inside the muscle cell. One other noticeable hypertrophy-supporting by-product of high-rep coaching is a major enhance in blood stream into the muscle. The sheath that envelops the muscle, generally known as the fascia, turns into extra elastic over time, equating to extra room for development inside the space. With elevated blood stream additionally comes higher nutrient transportation and assimilation, each of which may help restoration and development.

Many muscle teams don’t develop to their fullest potential till they’re uncovered to high-rep coaching. That is usually as a result of reality the slow-twitch fibers haven’t been stimulated adequately.

Many purchasers of mine report important will increase in muscle volumization as soon as they full their first full Y3T program. In my expertise, there are additionally important enhancements in muscle separation after constant use of upper rep ranges as properly.

In the end, high-rep coaching improves muscle development and conditioning. The sheer depth of the high-rep a part of Y3T implies that fats mobilization and general calorie expenditure enhance. Hormonally, the physique additionally turns into extra optimized for fats loss. In brief, Y3T Week Three is extraordinarily useful for anybody trying to make constructive modifications to his or her physique.

Pavel Ythjall


Excessive-rep coaching is one thing only a few folks ever expertise, not to mention apply accurately for an optimized hypertrophic response. Performing some dropsets on the finish of a exercise just isn’t my thought of high-rep coaching. For optimized outcomes with high-rep coaching, I consider it’s important to use it inside a periodized program that makes use of its high-intensity nature for excessive trauma to the muscle in a lower-volume format. For example, in Week 1 of Y3T, when the rep ranges are at their lowest general, the amount of units is greater because it’s much less taxing on the central nervous system (CNS). In Week 2 the rep ranges enhance to average, whereas the working set quantity decreases barely.

Lastly, in Week Three the variety of working units are decreased additional, but the general depth goes up considerably for every working set as a result of excessive rep ranges. This formation implies that the CNS is afforded the time wanted to get better and adapt. If there isn’t a periodization in place, the CNS will rapidly change into over-fatigued, resulting in decreased muscle efficiency and plateaus.

It’s basic that when making use of the excessive rep ranges in Week Three that there’s acute depth! This acts as compensation for the discount in general coaching quantity throughout this week. The muscle fibers and CNS are stimulated to their maximal capability with out falling right into a damaging atmosphere during which a possible state of “over-training” can set in. With this stage of depth comes high-threshold motor unit recruitment, resulting in world muscle fiber stimulation.

Chris Lund


The phrase depth is commonly misplaced, however anyone who’s been educated throughout a Y3T Week Three exercise will affirm that it’s intense! Presumably the most important error folks commit when making use of high-rep coaching is choosing the fallacious weight and going too gentle. In consequence, they get to round 80 % of the goal rep vary and begin to really feel the burn. That’s not Y3T high-intensity high-rep coaching.

By roughly 50 % of the best way by way of the set try to be decreased to having to make use of rest-pause. For example, if the rep vary on the leg press is 60 to 80 reps, at round 30 reps you’ll must pause for a couple of seconds to get better. From right here you is likely to be doing a handful of reps at a time, breaking the set down like this till you’re decreased to singles. This precisely describes how every set ought to really feel, an unlimited distinction to what most individuals understand to be intense high-rep coaching. Please be sure you bear in mind this when utilizing Y3T, as a result of it can make the distinction between your experiencing the advantages and never.

Chris Lund


In essence, high-rep coaching needs to be intense, acute, and decrease in quantity. In case you’re in a position to do 20 units of high-rep coaching, it isn’t intense sufficient, I guarantee you. Maintain the eccentric to 2 seconds and the remainder interval to 90 seconds. The rep tempo prescribed for every exercise right here ensures that the muscle is uncovered to enough time underneath pressure, creating the hypertrophic response mandatory. The remaining durations be certain that the muscle fibers and power techniques are pushed with out experiencing an excessive amount of relaxation. Be sure to’ve eaten all of your meals and are mentally ready. You’ll want all the things attainable to get by way of these body-part exercises.

Per Bernal / M+F Journal



  • Leg Extension | SETS: 3–4 | REPS: 12-15
  • Leg Extension | SETS: 3 (triple dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Leg Press | SETS: 1–3 | REPS: heat up
  • Leg Press | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 25–30
  • Dumbbell Strolling Lunge | SETS: 2 | REPS: 20–30
  • Barbell Squat | SETS: 2 | REPS: 20–25

NOTES: Be sure to tense the thighs throughout every set. Keep away from complete lockout on extensions to guard the knee joint. Drive by way of your heels when doing leg urgent and squat actions.


  • Excessive-stance Leg Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12-15
  • Standing One-leg Curl | SETS: 4 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Excessive-stance Leg Press | SETS: 3 | REPS: 20–30
  • Barbell Stiff-leg Deadlift | SETS: 3 | REPS: 20–15

NOTES: Tense hamstrings and glutes earlier than beginning set to extend muscle activation inside the goal space whereas lowering decrease again pressure. Don’t enable hips/bottom to maneuver upward on mendacity leg curls, as this results in a lack of pressure inside the hamstrings.


  • Seated Hammer Row | SETS: 4 | REPS: 10-12
  • Seated Hammer Row | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 15–20
  • Bentover Dumbbell Row | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 15–20
  • Mendacity Medium-grip Lat Pulldown | SETS: 2 (dropsets) | REPS: 15–20
  • Barbell Rack Pull | SETS: 2 (dropsets) | REPS: 15–20

NOTES: Maintain chest out and shoulder blades retracted to maximise again muscle stimulation. Keep away from utilizing torso-generated momentum to maneuver weight. Use lifting straps to keep away from grip energy turning into a limiting issue.


  • Incline Dumbbell Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 10-12
  • Incline Dumbbell Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 15–20
    • superset with Incline Dumbbell Flye | SETS: 4 | REPS: 15–20
  • Flat Smith Machine Press | SETS: 4 (dropsets) | REPS: 15–20
  • Cable Crossover | SETS: 2 (dropsets) | REPS: 15-20

NOTES: Maintain shoulders retracted to maximise muscle fiber recruitment throughout the chest. Keep away from full lockout (cease 2 to three inches quick) on urgent actions to maintain pressure on the chest fairly than the triceps. Keep away from dropping beneath chest depth on urgent to maintain pressure on the pecs and cut back pressure on shoulder joint.


  • Standing Barbell Energy Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12-15
  • Standing Barbell Energy Press | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Standing Dumbbell Lateral Elevate | SETS: 3 (triple dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Mendacity Incline Barbell Entrance Raise | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Rear Lateral Elevate | SETS: 4 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25

NOTES: Don’t lock out on urgent actions to maintain pressure on deltoids. Keep away from utilizing torso-generated momentum to raise weight. Loosen up traps and isolate the deltoids even when it means utilizing much less weight.


  • Cable Pushdown | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12-15
  • Cable Pushdown | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Physique-weight Dip | SETS: 3 | REPS: Max
  • Overhead Cable Extension | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25

NOTES: Lengthenby way of the elbow and reduce shoulder motion to additional isolate the triceps. Use a full vary of movement to make sure all three heads of the triceps are labored.


  • Barbell Curl | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12-15
  • Barbell Curl | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25
  • Preacher Curl | SETS: 3 | REPS: 20–25
  • Straight-bar Low-pulley Cable Curl | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–25

NOTES: Maintain arms tight to the aspect of torso to cut back exterior momentum. Don’t enable torso-generated momentum to contribute towards weight lifted. Externally rotate wrist on dumbbell workout routines for extra muscle fiber recruitment.


  • Seated Calf Elevate | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12-15
  • Leg Press Calf Elevate | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–30
  • Seated Calf Elevate | SETS: 3 (dropsets) | REPS: 20–30

NOTES: Keep away from bouncing on the backside of every rep to exclude momentum generated by the Achilles tendon, enhancing isolation of the gastrocnemius/soleus. Use an isometric maintain on the high of every rep to additional enhance muscle stimulation.

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