Recently I’ve change from 531 with very prescriptive weights scheme and often one work set. To a perceived rate of exertion scheme with multiple sets. And I’ve got some questions that I really feel like I know the answer to. But I wondered if anyone else had any thoughts on them.
To start with - mixing up the working weight.
What I mean is say I’ve got - 6 sets of 3 PRE of 8-10 on a lift.
I might aim for 100kg. I do set 3 or 4 sets and its still feeling too easy. So I add 10kg.
In my head part of me says the “set counter” has been reset to 0. As all working sets should be the same weight. I know this is silly. But I’m not the only one? Am I?
Also - I’ve kind of be using this method to make marginal gains. For example - if I were doing 6x3, Week 1 all 100kg.
Week 2, Sets 1-3 95KG, sets 4-6 105kg. Same volume. but higher weight.
Week 3 Set 1-3 100kg, sets 4-6 10kg.
Week 4 All 105kg.
I guess this has all be done before and there is a “name” for this kind of method. I just wondered if anyone had any experience of using it.
And lastly - weight over / bar speed.
Obviously there is a sweet spot for weight and bar speed. But I was adding weight to the bar between sets a few days ago. After the set it struck me that I had REALLY slowed down. For the sake of a 5% increase in weight.
So I guess what I’m asking is - how much speed would you sacrifice to get the weight on the bar?