Before I get slammed for any posts on here, I would like to state that I am not an expert on training, nutrition, or anabolic drugs. However, my knowledge of nutrition is growing and growing from my dietetic internship, my BS in dietetics, and my graduate degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. Anyway, with that aside, 3x8 are classical hypertrophy paramters. The accessory exercises are done for 3 to 5 sets of 8 to 15 reps. They are meant to bring up weaknesses and boduilding (remember: “Not all jacked guys are strong but all strong guys are jacked! (Jim Wendler)”) It is NOT meant to tear yourself down for breaking records. Imagine doing sets of 3 to 6 reps after completing 3 to 10 lifts at 90+%! Your nervous system would be FRIED! Not to mention, you would need more sets per accessory exercise and we do not have all day to work out. Besides, who does or who would want to do 3 to 6 reps for rear delt raises, tricep extensions, external rotations, dumbell power cleans, and so on? People can say, and I am no Chad Waterbury, that 3-4x8-12 is antiquated. However, there are tons of bodybuilders and powerlifters, some darn large and strong ones that I know of personally, that stick with this set and rep scheme for long periods of time and make progress. Did 1-3 x 6-12 do OK for Dorian Yates? I think so! It does pretty darn well for me too after my DE and ME work. Once again, training does not need to be complicated. You can see what set and rep scheme you respond to best but I think it pays just to get in the darn gym and start lifting and leave analyzing to a minimu, just enough to come up with your own template and to see what is working for you or has worked in the past for you. It is also important to go by instinct at times as well. Personally, when I stopped analyzing training to death and started trusting MYSELF, not a famous strength coach or powerlifter or writer, I started making much better progress.