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    High rep workout

    I was recently told by my eye doctor to cut back on weight training. This will be at least a 5 week layoff but could potentially be several months or more. I currently run F5 U/L.
    My question is has anyone had success with higher reps and lower weights and if so what would the workout look like?
    I do not want to lose progress so I guess a follow up would be should I even worry about the lay-off or just focus more on cardio? Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    Personally I like working in higher rep ranges like this because lower reps with higher intensity wrecks my creaky old joints - that said, to get any benefit you need to push much further to get into true failure which takes a lot more work than many people think - John Meadows talked about it in a fairly recent vid. If you don't get deep into failure you're just turning lifting into cardio. Another thing it can be good for is increasing work capacity.

    If you've been advised to cut back on weight training by a medical professional though, I'd be inclined to take their advice, stick with cardio and eat carefully until I could lift again safely.
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    Originally Posted by shackleford974 View Post
    I was recently told by my eye doctor to cut back on weight training. This will be at least a 5 week layoff but could potentially be several months or more. I currently run F5 U/L.
    My question is has anyone had success with higher reps and lower weights and if so what would the workout look like?
    I do not want to lose progress so I guess a follow up would be should I even worry about the lay-off or just focus more on cardio? Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Well, it looks the same just with higher reps and lower weight. Is this a trick question?

    That said, in order for them to be most effective you still need to be getting close to failure. In fact, it's even more important with high reps to be reaching, or getting close to failure. I suspect for whatever reason your doc is telling you to cut back, then still going to failure in a higher rep range would also be a problem. For the sake of clarity, I consider high reps to be somewhere in the 15-25, maybe 30 rep range. Higher than that seems to have sketchy results for gaining muscle. Anyway, you should obviously clear any such idea with the doc.
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    No trick just worded poorly....
    I’m not sure if he wants me to stop completely or just minimize the weight involved. We discussed it briefly but I have a follow up tomorrow where I hope to get clarification.
    Any how I try to read stickies and search before asking questions but search function sucks and all of the programs aren’t geared towards higher reps.
    I tend to over think things. Is it just as simple as same routine, lower weights, higher reps (20ish)?
    Also, I will check out the vid mentioned above about failure. Thanks for the info
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    If you're pushing if similar effort, I don't know that high reps would make much difference as far as your physician's instructions are concerned. Better make sure what he means.
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    I guess I'm the dummy here... But why would your eye doctor tell you to cut back on weight training?
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    Originally Posted by xTeTe View Post
    I guess I'm the dummy here... But why would your eye doctor tell you to cut back on weight training?
    I don’t know about OP, but I had a temporary retinal problem that may have been caused by blood pressure spike due to holding my breath during a lift. (I don’t do that anymore. )
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    Originally Posted by HomeGymChains View Post
    I don’t know about OP, but I had a temporary retinal problem that may have been caused by blood pressure spike due to holding my breath during a lift. (I don’t do that anymore. )
    I also have a retinal problem that involves new blood vessels being created and leaking into my retina. It is causing scaring that could lead to permanent damage that will cause vision loss. He says the strain from lifting is probably not helping.
    I will take a break cause I don’t want to do permanent damage to my eye. I appreciate the responses above. I’m just wondering now if continuing to eat a higher amount of protein will minimize loses? I’ve lost a lot of weight over the last 2 years and after consistently lifting over that time and finally starting to see the progress i was hoping for. That’s why I was trying to avoid taking a break.
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    Originally Posted by shackleford974 View Post
    I also have a retinal problem that involves new blood vessels being created and leaking into my retina. It is causing scaring that could lead to permanent damage that will cause vision loss. He says the strain from lifting is probably not helping.
    I will take a break cause I don’t want to do permanent damage to my eye. I appreciate the responses above. I’m just wondering now if continuing to eat a higher amount of protein will minimize loses? I’ve lost a lot of weight over the last 2 years and after consistently lifting over that time and finally starting to see the progress i was hoping for. That’s why I was trying to avoid taking a break.
    Gotcha, thanks for explaining. Makes sense.

    If your doc is saying that, it must be serious. Regardless of how hard you go... make sure you breathe well.
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    Originally Posted by shackleford974 View Post
    I was recently told by my eye doctor to cut back on weight training. This will be at least a 5 week layoff but could potentially be several months or more. ...Thanks
    If what you are asking is "may I just fokk-the-dog for 5 weeks", then I'd say - yes. Wholeheartedly yes!

    But please do not call it high reps routine.
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    Originally Posted by weiss1967 View Post
    If what you are asking is "may I just fokk-the-dog for 5 weeks", then I'd say - yes. Wholeheartedly yes!

    But please do not call it high reps routine.
    Lol. Yes I’ve read enough to know that higher reps still require max effort.....I was just bummed about dr’s orders. Titles have never been my strong suit
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