Force Factor Volcano Don’t rely on your “limits” to know when to stop a set, instead allow your body to physically be exhausted. For each set you do, you should really push yourself until you are physically unable to do one more push up or lift your weights one more time. This may require shortening your sets as your workout continues.Are you trying to bulk up? If so, your focus needs to be on performing dead lifts, squats, and bench presses. These exercises will whip you into shape quickly. Different exercises should be added onto your weight-lifting routine, but you should ensure that these three particular exercises are always done on a regular basis.