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Sets and Reps in This Push/Pull Routine

hey i just started a 4 day push/pull routine for the first time and would just like a little clarification when it comes to doing the sets and reps.

This was my first workout yesterday
quads + push

Squats 5x4-6
leg press 5x6-8
bench press 5x4-6
incline db press 4x6-8
barbell military press 5x4-6
seated db press 3x6-8

I wrote up this program based off Thibs article “how to design a good program”. The only thing I’m wondering is would it be better to do straight sets or ramping sets considering the fact that my goal is just to build primarily strength and some mass as secondary. yesterday for bench press i did barx12, 135x10, 165x6,175x6,195x5, 205x6, 195x6 hitting 5x4-6 .

Thing is I didn’t feel pumped or tired so im wondering if i did this right. Secondly I felt worn out by the time i got to shoulders so i had to decrease the sets (4 and 3 for mp and seated press) is this ok? I’ve always been confused when it comes to sets since i’ve read 9 to 12 is best for every muscle. I just want to know whether or not these sets should be ramped up when doing low reps or should they be done straight with a certain weight.

fuk i need help here man!!!

If you have 4 days a week, why not do Push/Pull/Legs? Or maybe push/pull/legs/arms? You’re trying to hit too many muscle groups at one time, and the last group of the day is going to get the short end.

You generally won’t get very pumped or sore from low-rep sets. That doesn’t mean they’re not working.

Ramp your sets.