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Wendy
Wendy
July 30, 2020 04:04

Great article and I am a big fan of dr. Eric’s work!

Is it normal that one cannot hit the same amount of reps for each set? E.g if 3×8 @8 RPE is prescribed with the same load, my reps will go: 8,7,6 or even worse, keeping RPE @8 each set. I am definitely not underestimating my first set RPE. Even if I would let my RPE go up it would be like 8 @8 RPE, 8 @10 RPE, 6 @10 RPE. To hit 8,8,8 with the same load, my first set would have to start @ or below 5 RPE, creeping up toward 8-9 RPE in my third set.

Could you explain how it is possible to hit the same reps for multiple sets with the same load, starting @RPE 8 and not hitting failure in final set when fatigue accumulates?! 

Thank you!

Andy Morgan
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Andy Morgan
July 30, 2020 12:14
Reply to  Wendy

Hi Wendy,

Yes, absolutely. The RPE prescription is usually used for only the first set.

Wendy
Wendy
July 30, 2020 21:35
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thank you for your reply! 🙂

I was still wondering though. If I do my first set @ RPE 8, I’ll instantly hit 8 @10 RPE the next set. The set after that I will miss reps, probably 6 @ 10 RPE, while my first set really was 8 RPE.

Andy Morgan
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Andy Morgan
July 31, 2020 18:24
Reply to  Wendy

That is unusual, but if that’s the case, reduce the RPE for the first set as necessary.

Tim
Tim
May 5, 2020 06:05

Great read, Eric. The topics and guidance were well organized and easy to understand. I just sent this to a friend of mine that I train with so we can begin to speak the same language when I give him pointers. Thanks for continuing to produce quality content for all of us!

Andy Morgan
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Andy Morgan
May 5, 2020 07:59
Reply to  Tim

Thank you, Tim. I’ll pass this on to Eric. 🙂

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