Taking A Closer Look At Prilepin’s Chart

What we can (and cannot) learn from a Russian coach.

Prilepin may sound like a Russian potato stew, but actually was a coach and researcher who observed hundreds of athletes and compiled their training data into a handy chart that helps finding an appropriate set and rep scheme. Later this chart went viral due to Luie Simmon’s Westside Barbell system that used it extensively. Let’s take a look at it and explore if it is still a viable tool.

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Exercise Selection and Repetition Ranges

One of the most basic questions in training is: how much do I have to lift? There are training programs, that allow you to choose from a wide selection of exercises. For example you could find a program that calls for “4×10 repetitions of any quadriceps dominant leg exercise”. What exercise do you choose, and does it even matter?
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