Question for the group folks, hopefully not a dumb on [if it is, sorry in advance].
Pre-determined set/rep ranges like 8x3, 5x5, 3x10 etc use the same weight for each set. The object, as I have read from various authors here is to keep the weight the same until all reps can be competed THEN the weight goes up. For example, the 5x5 for a bench press may keep say…200’bs on the bar till all 5 sets are completed with 5 reps each. I understand this, and have been using this strategy for the last year.
Would this not be a pre-exhaust strategy? In order to actually complete a full 5x5 with a weight, the first set or two would probably have several more reps that ‘could’ have been completed…but weren’t. This to me, in my very limited knowledge of the subject, equate to warm up sets. Perhaps a little more than warm up sets, but the full potential wasn’t reached, though I’m not talking about every set to failure. Would all the fibers possible still be firing up for maximum effect?
Wouldn’t it be ‘better’ to do the first set to ‘almost’ max effort so to speak? In other words, lets take a 5x5 again. The first set of 5 is achievable but with great effort while still maintaining good form. The other four sets are less than the target 5, but each set is still a great effort with still maintaining good form. When the first set of 5 is reached, the weight is then upped and the exercise worked on till the first set is again up to 5 then upped again etc.
Wouldn’t this be ‘more’ effective as each set is giving it all you can while still maintaining good form? It seems to me that it would take more effort overall which equates to more fibers being recruited.
Or would the overall volume possibly not be high enough?
Appreciate your thoughts. Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving everyone.