I have been doing what CC recommended recently with my sets and it has really helped-
first set 8 reps (fairly light)
second set 5 reps (increased weight slightly)
third set 3 reps (heavier)
fourth set as many until failure (8-10 usually)
...however I am confused as to how to do this on exercises after I have warmed up... I am obviously not going to do 4 sets on every single exercise..for example:
today I did dumbell split squats, and did the above method...
then, I got to step ups and was confused on how many sets I should do because I was already warmed up, so I did:
set 1- 25's 5 times (fairly light)
set 2- 30's 3 times (little harder)
set 3- 35's 7 times (couldn't do anymore)
...was this ok? I mean if I am not doing four sets, then how many reps should be in each set? 5 in the first, 3 in the second, and fail on the last?
And if I am already warmed up on a certain bodypart, what exactly is the point of doing three sets if the last one is the only one to failure? can't I just do one?
I am just really confused on how many reps to do on which set..What do you guys do?
(by the way my diet i good- gaining about 2 pounds a week eating about 3500 + cals a day so don't think I am a troll if this comes across as a dumb question)