Is it better to do a single top set everything week or stick at one weight for all sets ?
Basically you just want your final set to be at the RPE that’s prescribed in the book. If you’re doing a 5×5 and around set 3 it feels challenging, you feel like if you increase the weight you’ll put forth more effort than you should be, but if you keep the weight the same by set 5 you’ll be right on the money, don’t increase the weight. On the other hand, if you’ve got some extra in the tank and know that if you bumped it up a little for the final set it’ll be the effort you’re supposed to be at, do that…. Part of it can depend on where you are in the program, it’s usually easier with a 5×5 RPE 6 to keep the weight in set 1 to be relatively similar to set 5, whereas 2×2 RPE 8 would demand more warming up, and your only be able to hit that weight at that effort for 1, maybe 2 sets max.