One of the most confusing things about the gym is there are so many experts shouting different things.
“High reps are best for losing fat!”
“No, high reps are for building muscle”
“You have to feel your muscles burn”
And to make it even more confusing, there is no one ‘right’ answer to nearly any question.
One common thing I see in the gym is so many people training to failure and even beyond.
They struggle with their last rep and keep going for more with assistance, but is this right?
Does Training To Failure Work?
The first thing you need to know is your own specific goals when it comes to the gym.
Do you want to build muscle, strength, or both?
You also need to know your own experience level, your strength capabilities, and have proper exercise technique.
If you’re a somewhat experienced lifter (1-3+ years) with good technique who wants to build muscle, then training to failure might benefit you.
Otherwise, it probably won’t do much for you.
Here Is What I Do And Recommend
I stay the hell away from training to failure, and there is one main reason why:
If you end your set 1-2 reps before failure, your recovery will be much better so you can train more often with better performance and less soreness.
This will help you gain more strength which is great.
If your goal is muscle, then you’ll be able to do more quality sets and reps overall if you avoid failure and still get great results.
So my answer to this question is most people should not train to failure regardless of goals so they can recover and perform better.
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