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    Question PHUL 3-4 sets

    So I just started doing PHUL, and the main compound movements are "3-4 sets of 3-5 reps". Obviously it means that I should start from 3x3 and increase the weight once I hit 4x5, but I still have questions...

    What's wrong with hitting 3x5, then increasing the weight and going back to 3x3? Is there any actual difference between these two?
    A) 5-5-5 --> add weight --> 3-3-3
    B) 5-5-5 --> add a set --> 5-5-5-3 --> 5-5-5-4 etc.

    Seems like option B just takes a few extra weeks before a weight increase?

    If a 4th set is "necessary", am I supposed to add it after hitting 3x5 or what? Or should I only use the extra set to make up for a missed rep (5-5-4-3) for example? (All other exercises say 2-3 or 3-4 sets too, by the way)

    It's probably not a big deal and it seems like I'm overthinking it, but I have a history of slow-ish bench progress and want to make sure I'm getting the most out of this program.

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    you don't need to force rep/weight progressions.

    You could easily just hit 4 sets going 5, 5, 4, 4
    or you could do 4 sets of 3 @7 and allow weight to climb naturally as you progress.

    you can also use different amount of sets for bench than squat or deadlift, which most of us who training the powerlifting movements will likely do
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    Originally Posted by WolfRose7 View Post
    you don't need to force rep/weight progressions.

    You could easily just hit 4 sets going 5, 5, 4, 4
    or you could do 4 sets of 3 @7 and allow weight to climb naturally as you progress.

    you can also use different amount of sets for bench than squat or deadlift, which most of us who training the powerlifting movements will likely do
    thanks for the quick reply!

    so you're saying that i could always do 4 sets, but treat the last set as extra? i really don't feel like grinding out 5-5-5-5 if i can already do 5-5-5-3 and increase the weight, does this make sense?

    and for other movements that say 2-3 sets of 6-10 reps, i could do 10-10-8 and increase the weight if it feels natural, correct?
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    so you're saying that i could always do 4 sets, but treat the last set as extra?
    You can conceivably treat the last 3 sets as back off work or whatever. There are many ways to go about it.
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    Originally Posted by faithbrah View Post
    thanks for the quick reply!

    so you're saying that i could always do 4 sets, but treat the last set as extra? i really don't feel like grinding out 5-5-5-5 if i can already do 5-5-5-3 and increase the weight, does this make sense?

    and for other movements that say 2-3 sets of 6-10 reps, i could do 10-10-8 and increase the weight if it feels natural, correct?
    yes and yes

    Grinding low rep work is probably not productive anyway
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