So when I was doing squats yesterday, by the time I was shooting for my 6 rep max, I could already feel that I had partially exhausted some of my squat strength and I ended up not being able to lift as much weight as usual.
In the article you address that some days are not going to be as good as others, but I'm wondering about the philosophy of the ramping. That is, if I can feel my body started to get drained on the work sets, should I cut back on the number of ramping sets, or should I keep going with it? Should by goal here not always necessarily be hitting the numbers I want, but rather, sticking with a semi-consistent program? I know that there is no set number of sets, and part of this program is about "auto-regulation", but if I can feel my body starting to get drained after 2 or 3 work sets, should I just go ahead and try to hit my 6 rep max after fewer work sets?
if I can feel my body starting to get drained after 2 or 3 work sets, should I just go ahead and try to hit my 6 rep max after fewer work sets?
Absolutely - it's a technique I employ when conversely I'm full of energy and feel a PR on the cards. Ramping is an easy concept but also a reasonably individualised process, so experimentation is encouraged.
Consider also that improvements in work capacity should mitigate the fatigue issues you currently face as you become more practiced at this routine should you wish to stick to the ramping schedule you described.
If I recall once we got passed the 'it's not written in stone' and 'what I wrote was an example', no, I don't believe they did. We used the first week or so to iron out those kinks.
I wasn't in the test group but I went through pretty much the same thing as you describe in a post just below this.
I've just ended up doing about 2-3 ramping sets then the 6rm. That may increase over time but I don't want to get too fatigued.