Im training for strength on the bench press and write down my sets and reps for each WO to make sure I progress every week. For example, 2 weeks ago my reps were 6,6,6,5 on the bench. Last week it was 8,7,6,4 all under the same weight. I usually do each set until or near failure.
My workout Today was unusual though, instead of a steady increase I was hoping for I had gone all out on the first set and hit 9 reps, then 7 reps for second set and on the 3rd set I only got out 4 reps.
I then had to drop 10lbs for my fourth set to hit 5 reps. So it was 9,7,4,<-10lbs>5. So even though ive done less reps and drop the weight on the last set, the total time under tension was less so I think this should increase strength.
So my question is would this be considered progress, or am I better off not going all out on the first set to keep from getting fatigue and keeping the weight the same throughout all sets?