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Best Way to Determine Individual Volume Necessary for Growth?

What is the best way to determine what volume is optimal for growth on an individual basis? Should I just start with 1 excercise to failure per muscle and then only add additional sets to failure when progress stops? Or set a baseline at 3 sets to failure and go from there? I’m trying to set up 3-5 day 30 minute per day workout schedule utilizing progressive overload. I was thinking of having chest day be reverse pyramid to failure for three sets on incline dumbbell press and that’s it.

So why not just try that and see how it goes?

I don’t add sets when I hit a wall for a while. I either change the rep range or the movement. I never add more volume.