First of all I apologise for this noob question.
A friend and I started training together 3 months ago. Neither of us know much about weight training.
He claims that you should stop once you are unable to complete another rep by yourself. I prefer to get him to spot me 3 reps after fail (particularly on the 3rd and 4th sets). I secretly think I'm getting better results, but not sure.
Anyone got a view on this?
"To failure training" is not necissary and can be a bad thing if you use it too much or too frequently. It's harder on the CNS. I prefer your freind's method.
It's one of those things where it depends on the person. Some can handle it and some can't. But since it isn't necassary [for anybody] for optimal gains, why risk it? Just work hard and keep it a rep short of failure and you can't go wrong.
OP, you have been working out for 3 months. If you cant get another rep by yourself then thats it. Get that extra rep or the extra lbs the next time. Dont have your friend lift it for you. 3 assisted reps? Kidding yourself.
1 forced rep? or a dropset... maybe, depending on your goals.
''its all you bro''.............. horse****!!
Get away from this and do everything for yourself. Worth it in the long run IMHO.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy - George Bernard Shaw
3 months into lifting, follow what your friend is doing. You aren't getting secretly stronger by doing 3 assisted reps.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice. I've stopped doing assisted reps, and am just focussing on form.