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Rep/Set Preferences - Ramping or Straight Sets?


#1

What do you all prefer ramping to a top set of your given rep range for an exercise i.e

100x8
135x8
165x7
185x6

Or warming up with 2-3 sets and using straight sets

100x8
135x8

170 3x 6-8 reps


#2

I generally favour doing multiple straight sets with the same weight, an exception to this would be obviously if I’m testing a rep max or possibly looking to ‘peak’ for a 1RM attempt.


#4

I’m not sure why you’re asking about this as an either/or question.

Frequently, I’ll see and have done where on the first main exercise you ramp up to a top set. This could mean working up to a hard to max 5-8. Or it could mean working up in sets of 5 to your goal weight and repping it out for a hard to max 5 or more reps.

Then for the rest of the exercises, choosing straight sets. Occasionally including more intense methods to break through a plateau.


#5

Both. Just have to match RPE with weight selection.


#6

a little from column A, a little from column B.


#7

Both

(adding nothing to the conversation).


#8

I’m certainly not saying one isn’t worth doing, but my personal approach has always been working up my warmup sets, adding weight, getting a good feel but not straining at all, and then taking my working weight for a ride in the prescribed rep range for several straight sets. Nothing overly complicated, just doing my best to maintain tension for the alloted time frame.

S


#9

Keep in mind that are many other rep schemes.

One I like a lot it picking say 50 reps for example. My goal is to get it down to 5 sets, but I might start with 7 sets to reach my rep goal.

So for chins this could look like:

10
10
9
9
7
5

Next week:

10
10
10
8
8
4

Once my reps are done in 5 sets, add 5-10lb.