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  • Austin Baraki
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    What is the difference between 3 sets of 5 @8 and 5 sets of 3 @ 8? Obviously, the second one is more overall stress, but if I seem to be recovering, is that a bad thing? Besides the extra amount of time I’m spending training, what are some other drawbacks to the second scheme if any? What else do I need to consider with regards to this question?
    1. Intensity, and consequent fatigue

    2. How, specifically, are you determining whether you "seem to be recovering"?

    3. That it may be an inappropriate dose of stress, depending on the context.

    4. The overall context of the program (i.e., what the rest of the training week / block looks like, not just one set/rep scheme on one day), fatigue, and probably a number of other things.

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  • davidpopek
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    Manipulating training volume

    Hey guys,

    I recently finished my second run through The Bridge. As expected, the program was less effective the second time through. I’ve decided to attempt my own programming for a while, while I decide how I want to allocate my resources next. My general takeaway from reading your materials is that I will have to gradually and consistently increase volume to continue progressing. That’s what I intend to do but I have the following question: If overall volume is the same, how does the set and rep scheme effect the training outcome? What is the difference between 3 sets of 5 @8 and 5 sets of 3 @ 8? Obviously, the second one is more overall stress, but if I seem to be recovering, is that a bad thing? Besides the extra amount of time I’m spending training, what are some other drawbacks to the second scheme if any? What else do I need to consider with regards to this question?

    I realize a broader answer may help more people but in case it really matters I’m a 28 year old male. 6’1” and 210 pounds. No medical problems that I’m aware of.

    Thanks for for your thoughts and all you guys do for the community!
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