[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
You should be able to adapt to it. I’ve been doing 10 or more sets using 90% of the daily max using singles up to doubles usually only resting as long it takes to go to the water fountain and back. I’ve done the 80% density work a few times now I think you just need to get used to it.[/quote]
Yeah, most people screw up by trying to get too many reps at a time.
Seriously, most people should be able to get 6, 7 or even 8 reps with 80%.
But they shoot themselves in the foot by trying to get 5 or 6 every time and crash very soon.
Let’s say that you do one set every 30 seconds on the clock (e.g. start a set at 0:00, one at 0:30, one at 1:00, etc.) you get 21 sets. If you do 2 reps per set, which is more than manageable since you are 4-6 reps under your limit, you will be getting 42 reps. If you can get 3 reps per set, which should be more challenging past 8 sets you’d get 63 reps… almost nobody can get there. But a lot can get 10 sets of 3 and 11 sets of 2 which would be 52 reps… even getting 5 sets of 3, 10 sets of 2 and 6 sets of 1 would give you 41 reps and that is fairly easy to do.
You are your own worst enemy when it comes to getting a lot of total reps in.[/quote]
This is why Charles Staley, in his EDT system, had you use your 10RM and start by doing sets of 5. Then when that starts getting hard, but NOT reaching failure, you drop it to 4 then 3 then 2 then 1.
Its about Managing fatigue, not seeking it.