Jim, I have a question about assistance lifts being generally prescribed a higher number of repetitions then the 4 main lifts.
It seems to me almost a rule in powerlifting that the main lift gets worked first for sets of 1-5 reps, followed by assistance exercises designed to help the main lift. Assistance exercises are usually always prescribed a higher number of reps per set then the main lift. Why is this? If the best way to strengthen a muscle is by stressing it with a lower amount of repetitions, then why is that method only used in the main lift?
In other words, instead of doing assistance exercises for 8-12 reps, why doesn't it make more sense to do them for, say 5 reps? Why are assistance exercises generally prescribed a higher number of repetitions then the main lifts if lower reps are more conducive to strength gains.
P.s.- thanks for introducing me to Left Lane Cruiser, love that band.