How many sets should it take to hit my 6RM for the day?
This is the autoregulation aspect of the training. Some days will be easy while others will feel tougher for the same weights and increments. This is the autoregulation aspect, the bio-feedback, the working to your strengths and hitting a higher 6RM on a good day, or hitting the same as you did last time, or even falling short on a bad day and working with whatever 6RM you hit so as not to grind out a session when your body is obviously not up to the task.
This is how each exercise is performed. It is a case of feeling out and working with your absolute best for that training session, working with your body to give it the greatest possible stimulation for growth when it can take it.
Once past a certain amount of training experience, strength gains are not linear, so all you are looking for is a trend upwards. So, over the course of four weeks, you may experience all of the above, but the cumulative result will still be upwards progress.
With that said, the aim is still to attempt to break your records every session. Autoregulation isnít an excuse to quit when it gets tough. Autoregulation allows your body to make the decisions, not you. So if your bodyís ready to hit a PR that session, make sure you put in the effort so that it can. If it is not ready then there will be no PR, but it wonít be for lack of trying. You canít force progression, but you have to give it a chance to happen. If you are not willing to push for a record every time you hit the gym, this program is not for you.
Do not work your way up in tiny micro-increments. If you are particularly strong, youíll be there all day going up in five-pound steps, but by the same token donít jump up too quickly. Just feel your way up. So some days, you could be more, the same or fewer sets. I know this is open to interpretation, but it is easier in practice than on paper, which is why youíll need to play around with it, and get a feel for how to train this way, before settling in to the program properly. We are with you every step of the way. Donít panic!