I have a simple question - in the 12 Week Strength Program it has on the “Comp” lifts in weeks 1-2 (single @8, -20% 5x5), weeks 3-4 (single @8, -17% 5x4)... In the guidelines it gives percentage ranges for the single @8 of 90-93% and the respective drops for weeks 1-2 (70-73%) and 3-4 (73-76%).

What’s not clear to me is, if you have an e1RM of 403lbs and you are targeting (93%) for a single @8 of 375 for single, would you calculate drop sets:

A) 80% of the single 375 for 300x5x5 (74.5% of e1RM, outside the guideline range)

or ...

B) 73% (-20 from 93% single of e1RM) for 295x5x5.

This is only 5lbs difference but it becomes more significant as the e1RM increases and the called for drops decreases to -17% and -15%.

The guideline seems to imply calculating both the single and drop off the e1RM - rather than doing 80% of the single for the -20% drop.

What’s not clear to me is, if you have an e1RM of 403lbs and you are targeting (93%) for a single @8 of 375 for single, would you calculate drop sets:

A) 80% of the single 375 for 300x5x5 (74.5% of e1RM, outside the guideline range)

or ...

B) 73% (-20 from 93% single of e1RM) for 295x5x5.

This is only 5lbs difference but it becomes more significant as the e1RM increases and the called for drops decreases to -17% and -15%.

The guideline seems to imply calculating both the single and drop off the e1RM - rather than doing 80% of the single for the -20% drop.

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