I’ve been wondering about something recently, and would appreciate some input to help me make sense of it.
When using ‘advanced’ techniques such as dropsets, active rest (i.e.repping out with lighter weight during rest between sets) etc, this presents a problem when it comes to progression. In order to progress at an optimal rate it seems imperative that you keep things simple and completely rest in between sets, so that you don’t waste energy and become fatigued before your next set. Using methods such as dropsets etc may be useful at certain times, but how is progression tracked when using methods like this?
For example, if I were to do an exercise for 3 sets of 10 or whatever rep range, I would usually make sure that I completed all 3 sets for 10 reps before increasing weight the next time I did the exercise. But when implementing things like dropsets and active rest, fatigue levels rise a hell of a lot higher than totally resting in between sets, therefore reaching 3 sets of 10 would take an eternity to complete, if ever due to the build up of fatigue.
Is there a way around this? Would it just be better to lower the weight on the 3 sets of 10 in order to make sure you’re still able to progress at a reasonable rate, when using things like dropsets? I’m not sure if this would be counterintuitive due to lifting submaximally. I.e. you’re lifting a lot less than you’re able to lift usually due to adding dropsets, etc.