Well, it’s an interesting point. Of course, I could just choose a weight that would only allow me to get 50-60 reps - but that weight wouldn’t be a 10-12 RM. Maybe I’ll try a higher weight with my next cycle.
I don’t know about the potential thing. I currently am on 5x5, which is working nicely, but I’m going to go off it in another week or so to get back to EDT (15-minute tri-sets, this time). I generally try to mix “heavy” programs (5x5, 1-6, etc.) with volume programs (EDT, GVT, etc.) throughout the year, but seem to make better gains with the volume stuff. I tried Meltdown and EDT earlier this year and was really amazed with the results I got. Of course, both of these programs use lighter weights with short rest periods.
I think that the combination of being naturally very ecto with good endurance, plus having a long and consistent lifting history (25 years now) may be a reason that I can apparently do more reps than most on a program like EDT. I tried “Hundreds” (not the T-Mag workout) out when I was in my late 20’s and could easily do more than guys who were younger and much stronger than I in the lower rep ranges. On the other hand, my 1RM lifts are nothing to write home about. 315 on parallel squat, 365 deadlift, about a 250 bench at a weight of about 180. So I’ll obviously never be a powerlifter!
Some other (non-body) factors to consider: Mental focus: I am extremely focused, and my gym is pretty hard-core, so no one generally interrupts me. Exercise proximity: I can move stuff around in the gym more or less as I like, so I can get off one exercise and basically just turn around and get going on another. All this means basically zero time wasted between sets.
Finally, having said all this about how I do well on low-intensity, high-rep programs, perhaps all the HST people out there will now understand why I’ve been so mystified about why that program didn’t work for me. I would have thought that it would be perfect, which is why I tried it. That it didn’t work out that way has been a source of real perplexity for me, and I’m very interested in finding out why (especially since a lot of others are making great gains with it). Hence my detailed thread asking for specific feedback.