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Question regarding rep scheme like "25 reps (sets of 4-6 reps, all sets < RPE 8.5)"

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    Thanks BBM team for the new templates! Just got a quick question regarding what I'm exactly supposed to do using this type of rep scheme:

    - Do I always target 6 reps at the beginning and then taper down as the sets get harder to 5 and then 4 reps as needed that day to stay below RPE 8.5?
    - Do I always target 5x5 and deviate just when I feel like it's too light or too heavy that day?
    - What should I do when my set progression is e.g. 5, 5, 5, 4, 4 (=23 total reps)? Do I cap it at that as another set of 4-6 reps would overshoot the target number? Do I add another set of 4 to reach at minimum the devised number of total reps? Or should I target the 25 reps from the beginning anyway (e.g. I know that I best perform sets across and therefore I plan on 5x5 or that I best perform when I'm fresh and then need to taper down so I plan on e.g. 6, 6, 5, 4, 4 or 6, 5, 5, 5, 4)?


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    Hey JWLS,

    Thanks for the post.

    1 and 2) Not necessarily. You could do sets of 5 or 4 if you like. The main goal is to keep RPE < 8.5. In general, I try to get the sets over with when I am programmed osmething like this.
    3) I would do another set of 2 reps and target 25 total reps.
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