I’ve been training for a while incorporating as many different rep ranges as possible in a single workout (6-12 primarily). For example, I may start doing an exercise for sets of 6 reps, then another exercise for sets of 8, then 10, then 12 etc.
Unfortunately incorporating so many different rep ranges in a single workout, it doesn’t really give me any room to maneuver and change my rep range when it’s time for a change, as I’m already using all the different hypertrophy rep ranges in my workout.
This has made me come up with a different way of training, and I was just wondering if it seemed viable. I figured I’d use reps of around 6-8 for ALL my exercises for a month or two, and then switch to a rep range of 10-12 for ALL my exercises for the next couple of months. Then go back to 6-8 reps, and vice versa. Basically switching from lower reps (intensity) to higher reps (volume) over a period of time.
The problem is, I’m not sure if this would be optimal, considering I’m only focusing on ONE specific rep range for a prolonged period of time. As soon as I switch to the higher rep range, I may lose all of the progress I made in the lower rep range, and it’ll become a vicious cycle. I do personally love to mix different rep ranges in a single workout (low AND high reps), although this just seems like a sure-fire way to plateau as there’s no possibility of changing your rep range once things become stale.
I guess this is a form of ‘Reverse Linear Periodization’, but as good as periodization may be, it also has its disadvantages in that you tend to lose progress once switching to a new method of training as you’re no longer maintaining it. I’m at a loss right now and could really use a hand.
Would really appreciate some help, thanks.