SSP Shield Phase: How Many Sets to Failure?

Hi Paul,

Just picked up your SSP and have a question about the shield phase. When completing the main lifts from week 1 through week 4, how many of the prescribed sets should be done til failure? For example, during week 1 for the push day, the main lift is prescribed 4 sets of 10 reps. How many of those 4 sets are recommended to be carried out to failure for best growth response - all 4 sets? Last 2 sets? Last set? How would that translate for week 2, 3, and 4?

Thank you very much

Just the last set.

Thanks Paul. And for more clarification, is the primary goal to improve just that last failure set in terms of rep pr’s and weight increases? How should one approach the other non failure sets? Thank you.

Thank you!

You can 100% run it that way and that’s how I evolved it in my own training eventually. Where I was just warming up and then taking that last set to failure with the programmed loading.

Thank you for the advice. I’ll give that approach a try.