Yep, training history will play a huge role in that. For example, if you look at my training “career”…
I started out training for football. While my first 3 years were unstructured (from 12 to 15) and mostly consisted of doing every leg exercise known to man, when I got to 16 I had the chance to be trained by a really good coach who ended up being my mentor.
So from 16 to 20 my training consisted of mostly…
- Bench press
- Power clean
- Military press
And except for a 4 weeks phase where we did sets of 8, most of our work was done in the 3-6 range.
Then at 20 I switched to olympic lifting for 6 years. During that time most of my reps were in the 1-3 range,sometimes going up to 5 on squats and push presses (for example).
Then I did 2 years of bodybuilding but trained mostly with a powerbuilding approach, still hitting the big lifts for sets of 3-5 and assistance for were normally done for sets of 6, sometimes 8.
Then I went back to more of a strength approach, training like a powerlifter and once again going down to sets of 1-3 and sometimes up to 5.
At that time I had zero tolerance for TUT. When my best bench press was 445, I could only get 6 reps with 315 (at 70% you should get 10-12 reps) and 20 with 225 (those who can hit 445 should do 30-35 reps).
And when doing isolation work for higher reps I had to use baby weights… for example I would routinely use 40lbs on preacher curls when doing longer sets.
Over the past 3 years I’vetrained lighter because of shoulder issues and as a result I am now much better at tolerating longer duration sets.