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Increase Intensity: Decrease Weight or

Quick one: If I’m trying to increase intensity, would it be better to decrease the weight a little w/each set OR keep the weight, go to failure & therefore lose some reps? I’m going mainly for size and have been doing 10 x 4 (but recently mixing in some lighter 15 x 4).

Friend agrees w/me it’s best to do the most weight you can to stimulate size. As long as you’re able to reach 8 or more reps, whatever your rep philosophy. I’m hoping more cardio will also help me build up to lifting what I can do now, only with much less rest between sets.

Appreciate your thoughts,


May want to check out coach Thibs recent articles about layers and singles. There’s a lot of good info about increasing volume and density at different %'s of 1RM.