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Neural Priming, Training Max, and Number Of Worksets


In the past, you’ve outlined how to warm up for the main lift and excite the central nervous system which is then followed by 3 sets of 4-6 reps

I’ve found that this works great, sometimes. But, if there is some residual fatigue, or it’s just not one of the average/good days working at those “percentages” in relation to one’s “real” max can be a bit too taxing.

Would it be a good idea to instead operate off of a training max (85-90%) and do 5 work sets instead of 3?

Maybe there’s a difference in approaching squats and deadlifts contra press and bench? More submax with the former pair and more intensive work with the latter.