Decreasing reps after each set, bad?

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    So I read everywhere about doing 3x10s, 5x5s, etc. What I haven't noticed is that when I do these, that I can't keep up with the first set. Obviously, your muscles are less tired when you first start. Let's say I do a 3x8 bicep curl. Am I supposed to pick a weight that maxes out my biceps after 8 reps on my third set? This would mean that I'm doing 3x8 on my first and second sets as well, but not maxing out. Would it make more sense to do something like 3x10, 3x9, and 3x8 for this bicep curl, assuming that each of those maxes out the biceps? Sorry for the noob question.
     
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    I almost always go up in weight each set.
     
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    I increase weight while decreasing reps, usually 10-8-6 or 8-6-4 depending on the exercise.
     
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    While doing the same amount of reps each set? Don't you get more fatigued in each successive sets?
     
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    Yeah thats the point.

    Or I'll start with higher reps and go down as the weight goes up.
     
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    so i should wait 5 minutes between sets of lat pulldowns?
     
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    i'm just going off your advice
     
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