Originally Posted by BendtheBar
For what training levels?
Just playing the Devil's advocate here but I have seen more than a few people run 5x5s up the ladder to some very high numbers. I myself ran a simple 3 set per lift approach into a 500 squat and 365 bench. I was always a pretty low volume guy, never really training more than 9-12 sets per workout.
I am not trying to be argumentative, but rather want to better understand who you believe benefits from extra volume? Perhaps the late intermediate who has hit a 1300+ total with a 5x5?
The system I described is used in Finland from intermediates to top level athletes. Of course there is much more to it than just this method. But in a nutshell its that way in main lifts and in volume phase. Increased work capacity leads to bigger weights... At its simplest its nice little cycle, for example 3x4->6x6 volume phase 2-3 months, peaking phase 1-2 months when new PRs are made, bb phase 3x8->5x12 1-2 months and then again from the volume phase... But as I said there is a lot more to, accessory lifts based on weaknesses etc.. but lot of people train that way in here..