T Nation

Optimal Volume in Triple Progression?

Hi Coach,

What are you thoughts on the optimal number of sets for the rep ranges prescribed in triple progression? You used the example of 4 sets in your T Nation article and 5 sets in your Thib Army article and I am curious if you have a preferred approach. Intuitively, I would infer that a reduction in volume by 20% (or prudently avoiding adding 25% of volume) would allow heavier work sets (maximally effective reps) and avoid excessive cortisol.

E.G.:

4 x 10 or 5 x 10 (seems too close to GVT for your liking)
4 x 8 (a classic hypertrophy rep scheme)
4 x 6 (24 reps is close to volume of 5x5)
5 x 4 or 4 x 4?
5 x 2 (recommended in your rep scheme article under the strength section) or 4 x 2 (more strength skill practice with a 5th set seems to give the former the edge).