I just started to follow a solid routine 3 weeks ago. The weight i hav been using from week to week has not bee increasing however the ammount of reps has. For example with my flat bench of which i do 3 X 8, the first week i did a particular weight 3 times then had to strip some weight to complete the set of 8 reps. However now i can do 5 reps before i have to take some weight off. My question is this. Should i continue doing what i am doing and gradually increasing the reps i can do until i can get 3 X 8 OR should i reduce the weight now to something i can do 3 X 8 of without stripping weight? Confusing as it sounds i think you might get what i am asking, any help would be appreciated.
If you are shooting for 8 reps but getting only 5 ,the weight is too heavy,Reduce the weight ,it should be a hard 8 rep weight but not quite to failure.When you can do ten with it add weight and start over at 8 again.