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Progression for People That Like Using Straight Sets?

Coach -

What set/rep schemes and progressions do you prefer people use if they like to use straight sets?

For example if my day calls for 5x5 Back Squats, 5x10 RDL it would look like this:

Back Squat
135x10
185x5
225x5
275x3
315x3
355x3
385x3
405 @ 5x5

RDL
315x10
315x10
315x10
315x10
315x10

Any input would be appreciated, thanks Coach!

If you insist on using a rigid rep scheme you’ll have to increase the weight at some point. To figure out when to do that, something like decrease rest periods, increase rep “quality” or speed, progressively slower eccentrics, etc… until you feel like it’s time to move up.

I know CT has written about “double progression” before where instead of 5x5 you do 5x4-6. Meaning for weight selection if you can get more than 6 reps you increase the weight and less than 4 you decrease the weight. And for weight progression you increase when you can get all 5 sets with 6 reps.

Correct. the double progression model is my go-to method in that case