I've been reading through "Max OT" to see what it was all about and to try something different to what I've been accustomed to for the past few years.
The way I have been training is... I like to work in the 6-10 rep range so I start off with a heavy compound exercise (Flat Bench for example) for 3 sets of 6 reps. Once that exercise is done I move on to the next exercise but increase the reps so it would be 3 sets of 8 reps (Incline DB Bench). I then finish off the workout by doing something like Flat Chest Flyes or Incline Chest Flyes but I do 3 sets of 10.
So during this workout I have done exercises with 6, 8 and 10 reps so that I'm not missing out on a certain rep range.
Anyway... Having been reading through Max OT I came across a section called "Muscle Memory" and it says the following:
"If you finish each set with a heavy 4 to 6 rep exercise your muscles remember this and adapt accordingly. This memory effect is an important physiological phenomenon and should be used to your advantage in gaining strength and muscle size. The muscle memory phenomenon is another reason, and probably the most important, to never do a high rep set as the last set in an exercise or a workout. That last thing you want is for this muscle memory to be linked to a light, high rep set".
So does this basically mean that the way I've been training isn't optimal? I basically start my workouts with exercises doing 6 reps and then end with exercises doing 10 reps so that I am fresh enough for the heavy work at the start. But Max OT basically says to keep the reps in the 4-6 range constantly, even with the isolation exercises at the end of a workout.
If I train with 10 reps at the end of my workout, does that basically mean that any of the training I did earlier in the workout (6 reps) is null & void now because I ended the workout with a high rep range?