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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.

Prateek Maggo
Prateek Maggo
August 19, 2020 18:19
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thank you so much for writing such an informative article. This certainly helps me grow as an aspiring trainer. When you say RPE is used for just the first set, is that a rule I should follow for designing my programs? Currently, I vary the RPE for each set and maintain/increase/decrease it based on comfort with a movement, complexity (increase for isolation).

Thank you!

Andy Morgan
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Andy Morgan
August 20, 2020 08:46
Reply to  Prateek Maggo

Not a rule, just a guideline to go with the sample programs on the rest of the site.

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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