i normally pyramid.......adding five or ten pounds after each set. that seems to work though i move up in weight slowly. maybe every month or so. sometimes a little less or a little more. so i wanted to do something different. i tried
low reps/high reps.............i.e. push day.....heavy weight/low reps..next push day low weight/high reps.
varying the rest periods......i.e. push day 1min between sets..next push day 5 min.
my reps seemed to go down doing it this way.............if i was benching for 6 reps on a heavy day, on the next heavy day i was doing 5. should i stick with the pyramiding or just try something else?
If your strength goes down again, or it stays where it is then you should unload. A decrease in performance, assuming it's not a fluke related to diet, sleep, neural drive that session, etc. is a sign of overreaching.
The only time it's bad to feel the burn is when you're peeing...