To be clear, (for myself) I define a "novice" or "beginner," as a trainee who has the ability to progress on a weekly basis. If we can cause a stress on a push day, come next week, if the trainee has recovered we can assume an adaptation has been made if the same movements from last weeks push day has improved. Please share your thoughts on this definition, where you see any flaws!
Now when we have someone who is a beginner (or potentially someone who has detrained, would assume this phase wouldn't last as long because muscle memory, etc.), progression would obviously come a lot easier to them as opposed to those who are intermediate and/or advanced.
Specifically, how would you progress them if recovery is on point? For intstance, if we have a beginner who is bench pressing 130lbs for 3 sets of 8 reps (arbitrary numbers of course), would you be looking to increase reps or weight?
Personally, I would increase weight on the bar so long as the reps don't fall short, curious what some of you would do. The only time I would think to do so is when someone has a range, maybe 8-12 reps. In which case the weight would stay static until the 12 reps was hit, and then increase load for progression. I know progression can come in many different forms, but I never really know when to add upon reps or play around with new rep schemes.