Thanks for the reply, this is in regards to CT’s 1 and 3 Rep Max Layer Training. Is that you in your avatar? Maybe at Burning Man in Nevada? [/quote]
I don’t want to talk about my avatar. It’s a long story.
The way I look at it is this: if you leave a set or a rep in the tank, even if you think you might have had a pretty good shot at hitting the next weight, you save yourself that much more CNS drain and it translates to better performance on the next day’s workout. The thing with CT’s layering system and his HP Mass program is that, other than the cluster sets and the HDL sets, the focus really is on QUALITY reps, not QUANTITY of weight moved. The more efficient you get at a movement pattern, the better you get at performing it right?
Well, that efficiency comes from performing as many quality reps as you can on a given day, more or less. It’s different for everyone, but when I hit a true 1RM on a given movement, I’m fucking done for the rest of the workout. It’s simply that much more draining on the CNS. So, rather than hit that bigger weight, you’re better off performing more sets and reps at a slightly lower weight while moving the weight efficiently and with cleaner technique. I’d rather get multiple sets in while benching 85-95% of my 1RM than hit a new PR, simply because the return on that PR is nothing. I hit a new PR, but it has negative effects over the course of my following workouts, so the tradeoff is not really a net gain for me.
Instead, let your PRs come to you naturally. Let’s say you squat 385 for one pretty clean rep, but throwing 4 plates on the bar for the next set is a dicey proposition, based on how the set at 385 felt. At some point, and it could take a couple weeks or it might be the very next squat workout, 385 will get moved fast enough where you pretty much know that you can 405 on the next set. THAT is the time to move up in weight, not when it’s a coin flip as to whether you can hit it. It seems like it’s a slower progression that way, but in reality it isn’t because if you try to hit 405 when you probably shouldn’t be trying to, and then you bomb out on that set, the effect it has not only on the rest of that workout, but most likely the next few workouts, regardless of what movement pattern you are practicing, can be negative.