What's the difference between negative/positive failure?
Am I missing something? I have started the "Add half an inch to your arms in a month" ( http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=66 ) and he mentions take some exercises to positive failure and some to negative. So what's the difference. Isn't failure, failure?
PS: After the 1st workout my arms we're sore for a 5 days. Yet he recommends every four days. If I am still sore should I wait???
Positive failure: This is when you are lifting the weight in a positive motion. A regular preacher curl to failure is an example of positive failure.
Negative Failure: This is when you are lifting the weight in a negative motion. When a spotter helps the bar up to the top of a preacher curl, and you resist it all the way back down (for 6 seconds like the article states) , this is an example of negative failure.
The failure comes when you can no longer resist on the way down for a good clean 6 seconds.
Don't look at it as positive and negative failure. The positive and negative are ways you preform the exersize.
Take curls for example. Usually when you are lowering the weight (the down-ward motion or decent from the top), that is called the neagative. And bringing it back up is called the positive.
Last edited by muscleup; 10-11-2005 at 08:32 PM.
Muscleup...your pretty smart, thanks. Can you answer the PS part???
Originally Posted by suprarob
Here read this quote from the article very carefuly
"This routine should be executed once every fourth day (ex: Monday and then again on Friday). Recovery is a very individual thing, with many factors influencing it. You should never train if you are still sore from the previous workout. Some of you may easily recover with the three days of rest, however, some will require more time. That is ok, and if you are not fully recovered, you need to rest. The idea is to gain size, not lose it. Do not train more than once every fourth day. This routine is to be repeated eight times, no more, no less. For those of you able to train every fourth day, you will have completed the routine within one calendar month. You may repeat this routine, but only do so on a very infrequent basis."
Hey Rob, one more thing I think you should focus on more than anything if you are trying this program out is that you grow outside the gym, and eating is going to be the major determining factor whether you do the exercises exactly right or not.
If you do not eat (a ton) this program wont do much for you.
And remember, this is not a routine you do every month, even if you do not meet the 1/2" goal the first time attempted.