My main goal has always been hypertrophy, although over the years (whether from experience or research online) I’ve come to learn that all rep ranges should be included in a routine. Strength gains can of course help so you’re then able to lift more weight when training for hypertrophy.
I’ve been periodizing my routine for a while now with reps ranging from 6-15. This has helped with hypertrophy & muscle endurance, and strength HAS gone up, although I figured it may be more optimal to purely focus on strength for certain periods of the year. With that being said, and having always trained for hypertrophy (with strength just being a side effect of the training, as opposed to purely focusing on low reps), how would you suggest implementing a strength phase to a routine in which the person’s primary focus is on hypertrophy?
I was thinking of switching my rep ranges to something along the lines of 5x5 for certain periods, although having done some research it’s not PURELY for strength, even though it’s still in the low’ish’ rep range. If I were to focus purely on strength for a while, what kind of rep range should I work on? Perhaps doubles, triples, etc? Please forgive my lack of knowledge when it comes to training purely for strength, as I have never done so. Then again, perhaps focusing solely on strength wouldn’t be optimal even for short periods, if my goal is hypertrophy, therefore 5x5 could work as hypertrophy will be gained also?