For quite a while I’ve been doing rather low rep training, under 5 reps for compound movements. Recently, I’ve decided to go full hypertrophy mode. My plan? 12 reps on everything (except for deadlifts).
So here’s my leg day, I stretch and go squatting. After warmups I go for 3x12 as heavy as I can while still being able to re-rack the weight alone. After each set my heart and lungs feel like I’ve been all-out sprinting for the duration of the set. Followers of Tom Platz and the like would say that’s what a good set should look like but here’s the problem, after the squats, even when taking a 5 minute breather, any auxiliary exercises go to shit. Even on isolation exercises I just go through the motion and can’t focus on quads or hams at all.
This is the second week of me doing this kind of training. Should I just wait, keep doing the squats and over time it’ll get easier to add other exercises? Should I lower the intensity of squats (reps or weight) to have something left in the tank for the other leg exercises? How do I improve my work capacity?