One option to consider is rest-pause. It's a way of training that combines heavy loads while allowing for minimal rest.
As an aside, I can agree with the rest-pause group's muscular endurance advantage. It's an effective way to improve endurance/work capacity. This is a benefit of rest pause training that is often overlooked. Rest-pause training may be suboptimal in terms of optimizing strength or size adaptations.
The benefits of rest-pause in real life are limited to research and when the design supports it. Christian Thibaudeau points to the fact that it can help people train harder. This is especially true for heavy-weight individuals who need to perform more volume work.
Example: A 15-pound dumbbell is used initially for triceps extension. Then you will use a 10 lb dumbbell, then a 10 lb dumbbell, and finally a 8 lb dumbbell.
There are many strength programs that use low-reps, long rest periods, and many other options. Rest-pause can be used as a way to change this. This is possible by using low reps with difficult weight and short rest times.
This is how you train your muscles to fail. This causes the most damage to muscle fibers.
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I am able to do between 5-10 reps with the first few mini sets. After that, I get 3-5 reps with the rest. In just four minutes, your calves will be trained to failure ten times or more. Because of the increased focus required for short sets and the accumulations of fatigue, this will cause deep pain in your calves.
The 6-week study that compared strength, hypertrophy and muscular endurance between traditional and rest-pause training revealed that all measures were comparable after the study. However, the study did not reveal lower body endurance or lower body hypertrophy.
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It's very taxing on your body and can cause more harm that good.
The traditional group did three sets of six at the same load of 80 percent of 1-rep max. If you use 80% of your 1-rep max load, you should be able do at least 7-8 repetitions when it comes to failure. But, they were only told to do 6 reps each set.
This study deserves credit for its better design than most. It used trained individuals, was controlled for the exact same 1-rep max, and made certain both groups did 18 total Reps. However, there were some issues, which would clearly favor the rest pause group.
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You have two options: one that emphasizes strength and one that emphasizes hypertrophy (or increased muscle size).
The first is more focused towards hypertrophy, and involves failure training. The second option is a great way to get used working with heavy weight. However, it doesn't require that you train to failure.
Both groups used the 80% of 1-rep Max, but the rest-pause team trained to failure, whereas the traditional group did not train to fail, and could not have, given their protocol.
My personal method for rest-pause training is to do it every third week. Although I enjoy intensity techniques such as drop sets and rest-pause I know I will get bored if I keep doing it every week. Rest-pause and drop set make each week more intense.
Consider these personal differences and you will see that some participants may have performed a higher number of reps.
This method can be used to replace a standard 3 by 3, as you can use heavier weights while still doing the same amount of reps.
Unfortunately, the majority of literature about rest-pause is poor designed as effort is almost never matched. One study found that rest-pause squat training resulted in higher muscle activation than rest-pause, while the rest-pause group was able to train at a higher intensity.