Whole books have been written on the subject of periodization for strength training. The essence seems to be to work in different rep ranges. 5 or less for strength and 8-12 for hypertrophy.

A simple periodization scheme may be: the first week do 3 sets x 4 reps. The next week 3 sets x 6 reps. And so on up to 12 reps. Then go back to 3 sets x 4 reps.

Even this I find overly complex. Instead I like to vary the rep range within each workout. One workout I may do 3 sets of 10, 5 and 10 reps. Another workout I may do 3 sets of 5, 5, and 10 reps.

Are there any drawbacks with this approach compared to more "proper periodization"?

My goals are a mix of strength and hypertrophy. I have trained for about a year.

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    If there is no rush or need to be competitive, different things work for different people. The well established training protocols are what has worked for many people, but certainly not all. Has every possible iteration been tried on enough athletes with a good methodology to truly evaluate the results? Certainly not. But if you like a variation of a training program better, why not try it and then, if your strength gains are worse than before and you don't think the simplification is worth the drawbacks, go back? – Raditz_35 Apr 7 at 11:58

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