I've read a lot about size gains vs strength gains, where the difference is substantial and where size is certainly not linear to strength.
- Strength appears to come from low reps with very heavy weight.
- Size moreso from high repetitions.
Lately I've been trying out 2 sets for size and 2 sets for strength. So for example for barbell curls I might do this:
- 8-10 reps of 8kg.
- 8-10 reps of 10kg.
- 4-6 reps of 16kg.
- 4 reps of as heavy as I can (failing on the 4th).
Is this type of training effective, or should I just stick to one thing at a time (like weekly rotation between strength vs size)?
I seem to be breaking past a lot of plateaus in terms of the weight I was able to lift, but I am starting to think I may have slowed my size gains down.
With a goal of mass gain specifically, would this approach put on more size through being able to lift heavier weights in the high rep range? I found it hard to add extra weight each session sticking to 3-4 sets of 8-10. Then again I'm not sure if the much slower progression of weight I am able to lift while sticking to 4 full sets of high repetitions will actually benefit me more over time.