After all, it's only aux work.
I wonder when added volume/intensity in the aux lifts is couter productive, and when its beneficial to the primary lifts and goals
This has always been a question for me, and tend to either lag the auxiliaries, or, blindly push them.
I think you can make a case for taking them both ways. If you've been doing your accessories 5x10 for ever, switch to 8x3 real light for a while, and go for speed. Or push your 5x10 close to a 10RM for a while. Sometimes they can be active recovery, sometimes they can add strength, sometimes they can add power. If they are always easy, what's the point?
I was thinking today as I was doing press at about 60%, 8x3, that you really have to pay attention and work at keeping it challenging. When you're lifting 95%, you have little choice but try hard. But at 60% you could just drift along, and get nothing out of it. It takes real focus to push hard and fast on every rep at lighter weights.
Sorry, Diane, if this is thread hijack! If anyone wants to pursue this, we can make a new thread.