I love 5x5 because I get to stay closer to my 1RM than with higher rep sets. But I suppose it depends on your goals.
On a similar topic, what do people think of mixing low rep and higher rep lifts. For example 5x5 for some lifts and 3x10 for others?
When I’m doing 5x5, I’ll only do it for one big movement each day (squat, dl, bench, row, etc). Then the rest of the accessory work is done for sets of 8, 10 or 12 usually 2-3 sets of each. I think 5x5 for every lift in a given day is too taxing and too time consuming. I’ve had good results so far.
Cool thanks for that. I was considering putting in higher reps for isolation/accessory work, I often use 2x5 for such things but it dosen’t seem like enough work in a set sometimes with the smaller movements when only doing 5 reps.
Sorry to the OP if that was a little bit of a highjack, but I assume it had some relevance.
To continue the hijack a little longer…I like the Set Rep Bible article as well. I think there are some pretty good guidelines in there, and I try to keep my accessory work within the 24-50 reps per muscle group range.
That’s why I would agree that 2x5 would be on the low side, if that were the only movement you were using for that specific muscle. 2x12 would work, 3x8, etc.