Building muscle goes far beyond how many sets and reps you do. It’s not always about the numbers on a spreadsheet, but what the reps are doing to your muscles. You can do the same number of reps and sets, yet cause different levels of muscle stimulation.
Take for example the following strategies:
One involves going all out and pushing yourself to a high level of fatigue with each set. This creates a lot of fatigue and a decreasing number of reps.
The other is to manage fatigue a bit by aiming for a more consistent number of reps on each set.
Both of these can help you build muscle. Which one you choose is more about what you prefer rather than what’s “correct.”
Check out this video to learn how to apply each method and discover which one works best for you: