When doing medium-low rep sets, like 2-6 , for pure Limit Strength work, is it better to:

A. Keep the load the same and due to fatigue, reach an MVC on the last set

B. Work up in weight and reach finally one heavy set close to your max (if so, what poundage increases are appropriate)

C. Reach concentric failure on every set and just decrease load set after set?



Here’s a thought:

  • when intensity is <90% maybe A?
  • when intensity is >90% maybe B?

I believe one should never lift to failure (even on the last rep of the last set) unless attempting a new (1, 3, 5…rep) maximum. See my ‘Buffering’ article.