I am looking for a good 'ole quality routine for strength. I was thinking…
- = A must for me, I will only do about 3 sets or less…
What kind of set/rep scheme should I be doing? Thanks for the help.
If you are worried that leaving out skulls and curls will lose you arm size, then you are mistaken. If you want to build strength, dips and close grip chins will do a better job, hitting more overall muscle fibres, meaning greater training economy. Moreover, these lifts will transfer to curls and skulls, meaning that you will be able to shift more iron in those lifts without even doing them! The reverse is not neccessarily true.
If you really love doing them and they motivate you to go to the gym, keep doing them but dont do them just for the sake of your ego. I used to make the same mistake, but now I leave my ego at the door when I hit the gym.
Rep ranges really depend on your goals. If you want to build max strength then you are gonna have to go low on the reps and high on the load.
There are loads of ways you could periodize it and more than enough info on this site as to how you could do it.
I would definitely do deads and squats at different ends of the week. Also I would think about training antagonists in the same session:
BB Bench, BB Row
Pull-Up, Military Press
Squat, Romanian Dead
It really depends on your training level and goals. More info would be helpful.