I have been using the method of ramping up (aka first set light weight, then gradually increasing weight after each set until the last set or two are to failure)
and I see how it benefits me as far as making sure the muscle is properly warmed up on the first exercise, but is it really necessary to ramp up once your warmed up on a similar exercise? Seems pointless.
For example, on arms day (just random numbers for the weight):
EZ bar curls, ramped up: first set: 60 8 times/ second set: 80 5 times/ third set 95 3 times/ fourth set 115 6 times (failed)/ last set 115 3 times
…so that exercise was ramped up…
then I move to dumbell curls…
my biceps are already warmed up and it seems pointless to grab a light ass 30 pound dumbell and gradually increase the weight. I feel like IM bullshitting. Cant I just go straight to grabbing the 50s and go to failure on the first set?
Obviously that would only be one set, but after all, isnt only one or two sets to failure anyways? i just feel like using light ass weight is such a waste of time. I mean, when you say your doing “four sets” of an exercise, and 2 or 3 of them were light as fuck, do they really count?