Let’s say that somebody was doing a workout which had you train your compound lifts first, for low"ish" reps (4-8), followed by isolations for higher reps (8-12). I’ve been reading about periodization, and how to prevent a plateau, and one of the main pieces of advice in regards to this is to change your rep ranges, which is understandable. I know a lot of guys on bodybuilding forums seem to be obsessed with telling people that they’ve not reached a plateau, and they need to eat more, etc etc, so please regard my question as though it refers to an ACTUAL real plateau, as opposed to just somebody who “thinks” they’ve plateaud.
Anyway, provided everything else has been checked to try and get out of a plateau (increasing calories, more rest/recovery, etc), how should one go about changing the rep ranges on their exercises, based on the type of routine described above, with low rep compounds first, followed by higher rep isolations? Would it be sufficient/optimal enough to just do higher rep compounds and lower rep isolations? I guess this goes against the whole cliché of “do compounds with higher weight, and lower reps, and vice versa for isolations”, but I figured it may provide enough of a change in stimulus to help break through a potential plateau if and when it occurs.
I’m not currently on a plateau of any kind, and my routine is working great right now so I’m happy, but I figured I’d try and figure this stuff out and get some methods ingrained in my head for the future, so I don’t have to begin stressing and obsessing over what to do if/when a plateau occurs.
Thanks guys, any help would be greatly appreciated.