There's constant talk about how low rep-ranges favor strength gains, while high rep-ranges favor size gains. At least, that's the general consensus, it seems.
During my last few sessions, I've stepped down my rep-range from 3x8 and into 5x5. But I was thinking...
We generally agree on the effects of adjusting your rep-range, but what about adjusting the set-range?
For instance, what would be the effects of going from a 3x3 scheme, to a 5x3 or an 8x3 scheme? (For the record, that's sets x reps. Just to prevent any possible confusion.)
In this case, one might probably lift pretty heavy for the first 3-4 sets (assuming proper warm-up before first set), and then drop the weight slightly while still doing 3 reps every time.
Would you once again be doing hypertrophy training?