Originally Posted by Bronco
i really do mean 8 sets of 3 reps. i did some smolov stuff and i thought it was cool to do lots of sets with low reps.
for intensity i was planning on doing those last sets to just before failure like in 5/3/1, i think i forgot to mention that. and yeah, i love heavy singles. you think it's really important, huh?
Yes. I think some 90+ intensity is important for a powerlifter. If you're benching 265 max, but your rep sets are 225x 3 reps x 8 sets, but last set to failure, say 8 reps or so, you're really working your endurance, not your top end strength.
Top end strength is your ability to summon all you got for one rep. That's powerlifting. Only the top single counts in powerlifting. Not the last rep you can hit in a heavy set of reps.
You can't train singles all the time, but you do need to start hitting maximum weights on a regular basis in order to train yourself to go all out on a given rep. That is a skill, something not learned by hitting your 8th rep at 85%.