I originally sent this question to Brian himself but he insisted I ask it on here to see what everyone else thinks.
I am going to be building an RPE based program and just had a question in regards to the Sets/Reps and how they correlate to the designated RPEs for that workout. I know this is very very late in the game on asking this but Brian had said that I added something that wasn’t typical of this question. For example, when it says 5×5@7RPE, would that mean in 5 working sets, build up to an RPE7 or would that mean an RPE 7 for 5 sets of 5 reps? I feel like if it was just working up to an RPE 7 that the lifter would possibly be missing out on valuable volume to build up not only strength but work capacity as well. Or with the accessory movements and programming in back down sets, would that in turn build up the volume for the athlete? I hope that isn’t worded in a confusing way. haha
Here is a great question that I wanted to have a few of use take turns giving some thoughts. “I feel like if it was just working up to an RPE 7 that the lifter would possibly be missing out on valuable volume to build up not only strength but work capacity as well.”
The lifter in particular could possibly stand to benefit from more sets but just as likely stand to gain nothing, or regress. There are far too many variables to initially and blindly prescribe on the higher end of volume, which when compared to lower end of volume, high volume is much more likely to injury you and fatigue/regress. I’m not saying you don’t want to do this ever but one thing at a time. establish a baseline.
The key is to do as little as possible to get the most progress – be efficient. If 1 works and you’re progressing, why would you need 5. When it no longer works, then reevaluate.
Like everything else in the book, this component of suggested offseason is a part of a philosophy and not a template by any means. I state this over and over in the book. 10/20/life is not a set of rules, but more a set of guidelines to navigate your programming.