Hi All. I never seriously looked into the W4SB routine (in particular the modified routine which can be found here at T-Nation and on De Franco's website), but I am considering it to try some variation and as a form of self-experimentation. The program looks great but I just had two questions which I am still not sure of.
How many sets do you utilize to work up to your max effort? I have seen some cases where people only do 3 sets, some cases where people do 7-8 sets before reaching ME. I believe you should pick a weight, do 5 reps, go up, 5 reps etc. until you hit the set where you come to failure on the 3rd-5th rep, correct? But how many sets should you allow? I believe this also determines the jump in weight between sets too.
How has this program been for any of the intermediate lifters out there in terms of hypertrophy and strength?