I misunderstood your first post. Looking at it again, I see what you mean by "just do 5s"--that even at low weights, I shouldn't do more than 5 reps.
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yeah sorry I should've explained myself a bit better. The Doc's nailed it: start light and work up in 5s.Jungledoc wrote: A separate thought; if you are working up to a heavy 5, there's no real reason to be doing 8-12 (or whatever). Do 5s. How much you add to the bar each set depends on how far you have to go. If your "heavy 5" is going to be at 300, don't work up by 10! If it's going to be 100, don't work up by 50s. So a work-up to DL might look like 45/95/135/185/225/245/265/275/etc. Work-up to a shoulder press might look like 45/65/75/85/95/etc.