Originally Posted by Steve Shafley
I've had great success with ladders. As a set/rep scheme it psychologically fits me much better than a 5x5 thing.
I hear you. The only luck I've had with 5's is the good ole' PTP style, one set of five, five days a week with maybe a couple back off singles. I get a way more mileage out of triples.
The thing I love about ladders is that it's scalable to a lot of goals. Some of the most effective VO max interval work I did when I was a trackie is very similar to a ladder format. with increasing bouts of work and then pulling back and repeating. The whole idea being that you sneak up on the peak efforts and as you say "let the volume do the work."