So is this diminishing sets approach intended to be done once per body-part? Twice?
If I usually follow a typical bodybuilding workout of 4 exercises for each body part (3-4 sets, 6-10 reps), I have an average of 32 reps per exercise, 128 reps per body part. 70 is sort of in no-mans land.
Thanks for your help,
My Answer: Yes diminishing sets are to be done for one exercise per body part. If you're incorporating the technique into a program where you're performing 4 exercises per body part, however, then that is a sure way to overtrain. What I would suggest is reduce the number of exercises per muscle group to two: one heavy compound movement followed by diminishing sets of a different exercise.
So if you were to incorporate diminishing sets into the chest portion of your workout, then it would look something like this:
Bench press- 4 sets of 6-10 reps
Push-ups- diminishing sets totaling 100 reps