Another thing to remember is that the RPE has no influence on the number of reps in a set.  Its an indication of the intensity.  A 20 rep set at RPE 6 will use lighter weights than a 3 rep set at RPE 6.  So in the book, Brian laid out a way for you to increase load within the RPE 6 range.  In order to do that, he dropped a rep and a set.

When it comes time to “beat week 3” (or similar) in the future, you have had some training under your belt and should be able to beat the weight you did for 4 reps at the same RPE.  This is one way you can objectively measure your progress during an offseason.

“Last time I did a 5 rep at RPE 7, I used 400lbs.  This week I did 415lbs at RPE 7.”

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Paul Oneid

Paul is an elite level raw Powerlifter with personal bests of an 805lbs squat, 440lbs bench, 725lbs deadlift and a 1960lbs total in the 242lbs class, as well as an 800lbs squat, 430lbs bench, 700lbs deadlift and 1930lbs total in the 220lbs class. Paul brings a deep educational background to the team as he has earned Master’s degrees in both Sports Management and Exercise Science. He is a former D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, who now works as a Functional Rehabilitation Specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Paul provides coaching services in the areas of training and nutrition through his company Master Athletic Performance and is also the co-founder of a technology company, 1-Life Inc. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!
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