I got the 10/20 Life 2nd edition, great read btw. I just want to make sure I’m clear though: when you say to do 5×5, working up to RPE of 5 (if 255 was my RPE 5 that day) do you mean sets of 5 at ,for example, 215, 225, 235, 245, finishing with 255? Am I overthinking this?
That’s correct. Beyond that, one piece of advice I give is that if working up, you get the RPE quicker than anticipated you can finish out the sets at that weight. Also, if you overshoot you can back down to the previous weight.
I touched on this in my article on training algebra. Ideally, in the template provided in the book, you work up to a single top set, as mentioned above. Pegg hinted at multiple top sets at the RPE. It all depends on your goals/ needs at that time. You will be able to tolerate more sets at a lower RPE, and less at higher RPE. Some need more work, some need less. Planning your training and tracking progress will give an indication where you fall on the spectrum.