Originally Posted by Pull14
Abaddon, what kinda reps are you moving and at what intensity? Do the sets you list include warm ups or are they all straight set/same weight/reps; I ask because 8 sets on ME deadlifts may or may not be a good idea. Likewise, I question the effectiveness or purpose of 2 sets on something like the snatch.
Also, how is progression planned on a template like that?
These are good questions, and I am noticing some disparity between the way I train and the way other people train.
All sets listed are considered working sets.. but the definition of 'working' might be different from one person to another.
I used to always train reverse-pyramid style, meaning I would always do my heaviest set first, then 2nd heaviest, and onwards.
Since incorporating more heavy compound work, I've adopted a different method whereby the heaviest set will be performed either at the end of the exercise (as in deads) OR in the middle of the exercise (as in bench; I will build up to my heaviest weight for say the 3rd set, and taper off in sets 4 and 5, dropping the weight and aiming for more reps).
The rep schemes vary according to the exercise; I try to hit 12 reps p/set on the smaller movements and 6-8 reps p/set on the heavy stuff.
I hope this answers your questions?
PS: The snatch was intended as both a warmup/accessory for clean presses and to build explosive strength.