Is it better to train to failure for every set? Will your muscle grow bigger that way?
How about drop sets? Should I do it for every set too?
Im not an expert on training methods like Cackerot or Chris Mason, but I have made great gaines training to failure using a push, pull, legs routine. The only exercise I dont go to failure on is shrugs and that is becaus my grip gives out.
If you search the archives from this forum, you will find tons of info to answer your question. Then, you can come to your own conclusion.
Last edited by chris mason; 09-01-2001 at 06:32 PM.
I have recently adopted that "beyond failure training" posted a while ago- i forgot the link directly to it though.....its a one set into three drops- you need a partner- but you fail three times in one set..and it hurts like hell- I feel like my body has no choice but to get stronger...
Beyond failure is the way to grow.
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failure all the way.. but for the drop set use this just once a while, can make you overtrain
TO THE LIMIT! and in as little sets as possilble to get the job done. Thats what builds muscle.
I come from the school of thought that any set not to failure is a warmup. That being said, you will find differing opinions on the matter.
What everyone will agree with is that progression is THE most important thing.
Measure exactly what you do, eat like a mofo and then do more with EVERY workout. (either more reps or more weight or both)
If you progress you will grow, even if the progress is microscopic.
That is more important than whether you fail on all sets, just the last set, go beyond failure (forced reps or negatives) or go just short of failure (ie. 1 or 2 reps before your last good form rep).
When at the gym I always try to do one more rep then last time, even if it hurts like hell. Maybe I won't make that day, but next time I usually manage to do one rep more, and after 6reps with a weight, I add more weight. So it goes...
I went beyond failure today with the triple drop set on chest- there is no feeling like it when the you cant concentrate at all, and the bar is sitting on your chest- i was screaming like a baby...so was my partner.