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My question is, what method is most useful for calculating the appropriate number of sets when making a switch in rep ranges? For example, if I am switching from fives to threes on a lift, and have had positive results (up to this point) from performing 5 sets, how do I adjust the set count to ensure that I am getting the appropriate volume from the new rep range? Should I simply increase the number of sets to match the total number of reps (within 1 or 2)? So, if I have been doing 5 x 5, move to 3 x 8? This seems like it could work well, but not sure if any consideration should be made for the increase in weight that will come from reducing the reps per set? In this instance, would tonnage be a useful metric to consider?

Additionally, can you comment on the below method for weight selection when switching rep ranges?

I have been using about 70% of my projected 1RM for my 5 x 5 work. I use the BBM method of a heavy single, double, or tripple at rpe 7 or 8 to calculate my projected 1RM using the rpe chart. I then take 70% of my projected 1 RM and complete my sets. When altering rep ranges, I planned to add about 2.5% each time I reduced my rep range by one rep. So if performing sets of 4, I would use 72.5% of my projected 1 RM. For 3’s I would use 75% and so on. Logic would tell me that tonnage should be considered, as performing 25 total reps with a heavier weight would potentially create more fatigue, or does the reduction in reps per set address this so that all I should consider is total reps performed after all sets have been completed?

Thanks in advance for the response. I love all of the great objective content that you guys put out. Keep it up!

My question is, what method is most useful for calculating the appropriate number of sets when making a switch in rep ranges? For example, if I am switching from fives to threes on a lift, and have had positive results (up to this point) from performing 5 sets, how do I adjust the set count to ensure that I am getting the appropriate volume from the new rep range? Should I simply increase the number of sets to match the total number of reps (within 1 or 2)? So, if I have been doing 5 x 5, move to 3 x 8? This seems like it could work well, but not sure if any consideration should be made for the increase in weight that will come from reducing the reps per set? In this instance, would tonnage be a useful metric to consider?

Additionally, can you comment on the below method for weight selection when switching rep ranges?

I have been using about 70% of my projected 1RM for my 5 x 5 work. I use the BBM method of a heavy single, double, or tripple at rpe 7 or 8 to calculate my projected 1RM using the rpe chart. I then take 70% of my projected 1 RM and complete my sets. When altering rep ranges, I planned to add about 2.5% each time I reduced my rep range by one rep. So if performing sets of 4, I would use 72.5% of my projected 1 RM. For 3’s I would use 75% and so on. Logic would tell me that tonnage should be considered, as performing 25 total reps with a heavier weight would potentially create more fatigue, or does the reduction in reps per set address this so that all I should consider is total reps performed after all sets have been completed?

Thanks in advance for the response. I love all of the great objective content that you guys put out. Keep it up!

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