i've been reading about total tonnage in a workout and I am slightly confused by it, so I was wondering if someone in the know could clear things up a bit for me.
basically, if I understand it correctly, you take the total number of sets and reps and multiply it by the weight used to get total tonnage for the workout. for example, 3 sets of 5 with 200 pounds would be a total tonnage of 3000 pounds.
Now, I am on the fence as to what to keep in my workouts going forward. I am going to use chinups as an example. I weigh 215 pounds and can bang out about 8 reps with 50 extra pounds on my dip belt, so that would make for a tonnage of 2120 pounds (265*8). In my workout today, I switched to bodyweight only, 4 reps per set, and 5 sets, which works out to a tonnage of 4300 pounds ((215*4)*5).
The 8 reps with 50 extra pounds is a grind. Today was a cake walk, no comparison. So my confusion lies in what is a better strategy to follow going forward, keeping in mind my current goal on chinups is as an accessory movement, I'm not looking to keep upping weight on them each time. Obviously one would think the 8 reps with 50 extra pounds is better based on difficulty, but the numbers tell another story...