The following is a very simple and straight forward approach that I use to develop workout programs. Depending on the individual, I vary the sets from 1-3 per exercise and I generally keep the repetition range from 12-50 (or higher if I feel there’s a real need for a challenge). If 1 set is being performed for an exercise, an all-out/high level of effort should be given. This means that the trainee doesn’t stop at a prescribed number but works until form is compromised. If multiple sets (2 or 3) are utilized, the last set should be a hard effort – using the same guidelines prescribed as for one-set training. Whatever scheme is used, the trainee should go for those extra couple uncomfortable reps and make their training purposeful!
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