Hi guys, I'm a new member of the forums and I hope to learn plenty of valuable weight training techniques and strategies.
But yesterday I began working out with a buddy of mine following his technique which goes as follows
We began bench pressing at 65 pounds, did 1 set of 10 reps
Then when we finished that first set we added 10 pounds and did 10 to 8 reps
And then we added another 10 pounds and did 8 reps
then lastly we added another 20 pounds i believe maxing out at 105 and doing around 6 (at least for me since im lighter than him)
He's a pretty smart guy and he does research a lot before doing something plus hes told me that hes done this workout with plenty of his friends before but they just ended up giving out and not wanting to work out at all for personal reasons (aka school, work, gf's etc.)
To me this work out seems "odd" because I've always been told by my father and PE coaches back in high school that I should do a good amount of weight and do 3 sets of 10 reps each.
Is increasing the weight and decreasing the reps a good thing or bad thing?
Its called pyramiding, and can be an effective way of increasing strength/mass. 3 Sets of 10 is a very common setup for begineers, however one of the most important things to remember if you want to continually see gains in strength and size is periodisation. 3 sets of 10 will not work forever, and when your starting out it will be fine for a few months but you will eventually hit a plateu. This is why it is important to constantly change workout variables like reps/sets/rest periods etc.
Yeah thats exactly what he told me. He said eventually I would reach a plateu which would cause me to just not gain mass and just build up muscle endurance. He forgot what it was called so yeah i guess im going on a right track working out with him.