Principle 5: THe number of sets is the key loading norm in controlling overtraining.
Mon …225x6; 225x5; 225x4; 225x4 end
SAt …230x6; 230x3 end
I see so many problems with this ‘principle’. Firstly, if the session on monday was so intense that it could not be replicated five days later then it was probably too intense. Additionally, by reducing the volume of the second session so dramatically TUT may be reduced below that necessary to sustain present strength levels. If this ‘critical drop’ off occurs so early and so markedly I would again contend that intensity is too high.
CP states, ‘The body is very well equipped to not overtrain by intensity, it will just not lift the weight’. Research and practical experience however shows otherwise - intensity is a much more powerful variable than volume (no laboratory study has been able to ellicit a true overtraining response using high volume). If a lifter trains to maximum (read failure) even with higher repetitions, where absolute intensity is lowered, the resultant fatigue will likely detract from subsequent training sessions (in addition to later exercises or sets in the same workout).