A little pressing party today. 277 x 1, 225 x 7, 205 x 8 (no vid). Plan was for a single at RPE 8-9 and then two sets of 8 @ 10. This is one of the few times where intensity is very high during the week, but it's still only about 80% of 1RM so I can train productively again the next day to continue accumulating stress.
That's the fine line we ride when coaching and monitoring training for both ourselves and others. We want enough volume at the appropriate intensity to produce overall strength development. Typically for intermediates and advanced lifters, this requires multiple exposures (frequency) with enough reps and sets (volume) to produce an increase in muscle size (hypertrophy), improve technique (through frequent exposures), with moderate intensity such that neither frequency or volume have to be sacrificed just to put a bigger number on the bar. When volume is decreased, recovery capacity, hypertrophic response, and long term strength development is compromised for short term increases in absolute bar weight. This is called peaking and it's not always a bad thing, e.g. If you have a meet on the horizon.
However, when this method (reduction in volume and increase in intensity) is used as THE METHOD, long term development suffers. This is one reason why lower volume programs can produce a short term improvement in your numbers, but those become stale fairly quickly.
As a thought experiment, consider what would happen to a lifter who just started doing one max single every time they trained for each lift? How long would they be able to add weight to the bar?