I will quote CT, he said in his how to make your own routine article that the optimal is 9-12 sets per muscle max 16. But he said if you do more then 12 sets and feel like you can do more chances are you are not hitting the musdcle group with enough weight. Since there is no one that can bust there ass for chest for example for 12 sets and still do more.[/quote]
It also makes a difference whether people choose to count warm-up/ramp-up sets or not though. There are a lot of semantics involved in counting sets.
For instance, someone doing DC training and performing bench might perform:
bar x 15-20 reps
135 x 12 reps
225 x 8 reps
250 x 4 reps
275 x 1-2 reps
315 x 8+4+2 (triple rest-pause set)
But, they might only count the final RP set since it was the only really challenging one. So, they would say that they only performed 1 triple RP set.
Someone else might perform the same number of exact same sets and say that they performed 8 sets (5 sets at submaximal weight and 3 sets at their working weight with little rest between them).
Who is right about the number of sets performed and who is wrong? Both and neither.[/quote]
i know what you mean but CT meant busting ass for 12 sets,so basically maybe stopping 2 reps before failure,so every set is hard