DubDub- obviously you know your body alot better than i do, but im kinda wondering why you did that 155x8 set before the 205? If thats your warmup set, have you ever tried doing multiple warmup sets at smaller reps? Like 3 or 4 progressively heavier?Ive just found with myself if that first work set is gonna be a toughy a warmup like that works better for me. Something like 135 x5, then 155x 3, 175x2, 195 x1. Then the work sets of 205. Now all these warmup sets are easy so you dont need much rest at all in between. By going heavier it will eliminate that "oh $h1t this is heavy" feeling that going from 155 to 205 will give you! And i think it better prepares you, because given your 3x8 goal at the same weight you really cant afford to not be fully prepared for the first set...just a thought!
Hmm, I never thought of warming up that way. I almost always do only one or two warmup sets. Your suggestion makes sense, though I don't really see my current approach as flawed, that's how I've always warmed up. I figure the 8 reps will get me ready for 8 at a higher weight, and I don't see 50 pounds as that much of a jump... since I'm used to lifting 230ish after a second warmup set of 185ish. Next time I'll try it your way and see if I like that better. I don't know though, 3 or 4 warmup sets for only 3 work sets? seems like overkill right?