For some reason (* see below) I've gotten into the habit of doing a light (warmup) set (15 reps), followed by a medium set (8-12 reps), followed by a heavy set (3-6 reps). Is there a name for this? Is this a recommended way to workout? Or is it better to do standard periodization where you pick one rep range and do multiple sets at that weight, and then choose a different rep range the next week or month?
* OK, reason is: I read the ExRx suggestion that 1 set is almost as good as multiple sets and thought "OK I will only do 1 set." Then several of you informed me that those recommendations are somewhat out of date, and I decided I should at least do a warmup set so I added that. And then a lot of times after the 2nd set I thought "That wasn't really enough weight; I'll do a 3rd set, go up on weights again but do less reps." Then I decided I kind of liked lifting that way so I kept doing it....
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