the truth is, as i may quote jim wendler: “it simply doesn’t matter!”
what counts is the progressive overload in the main lift and then 1-2 assistance exercises which you can keep track of weight-wise. for something like curls and tricep extensions i wouldn’t even bother noting the weight/giving a fuck about how you ramp them. just do whatever you feel like that day.[/quote]
The lifter in me says this makes sense. The scientist in me doesn’t. However I’ll do it. Lord knows around here the plural of anecdote tends to be evidence. [/quote]
show me studies regarding the topic of strength training that concern the effects of using different ramping styles and strength/size gains and i’ll get outta here w/ my “anecdotal evidence”. when it comes to questions like this i’ll gladly stick to the advice of really experienced coaches or athletes (rip & wendler would be my two favorites by a very long shot) due to lack of scientific evidence.
please don’t be so condecending with your language. you’re not talking to idiots here. the problem is simply that there is very limited scientific info available, that’s also what gave rise to all the broscience bullshit.[/quote]
Not sure what offended you. The fact that there AREN’T scientific studies is what makes the evidence anecdotal. Anecdotal evidence (despite what the gods of wiki say) need not be derogatory, it’s just not case-control or blind-control etc evidence.
I didn’t mention broscience nor do I knock it. A substantial portion of the body of research in the field of exercise study starts off with “broscience”. So I look at anecdotal evidence and broscience as a hypothesis that seems to work, I would just love to understand WHY it works. The plural of anecdote is not data, but that seems to be the case in a lot of these questions before they are tackled by well-performed research.
I appreciate you help and advice/information in the matter of training to failure. I meant no offence. Don’t see how you and I both admitting there is lack of research is considered condescending.