Common sense seems to state that for maximal muscle growth going to failure on every working set is a must. Although, common sense also states that this will lead to overtraining. Even on light days the goal of reaching failure is far to alluring to resist all be it with higher reps. Appart from using drugs how do you guys attempt to resolve this dichotomy? i.e. if you dont go to failure on some days how do work out if you have done enough?
Failure is a privelage reserved for those who do not try hard enough
experience and good knowledge of your body and how it reacts to various stimulation.
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periodization, use faliure sometimes as it does have it's place in training. It is however not always a necesity because I have seen it said that w/ faliure your CNS is actually what is failing leaving your muscles undertrained. You can also afford more volume w/out risking overtraining if you do not go to faliure.
To add to what CD said
this is why a training log is critical.
" Eat to grow, Progression to get stronger " - mesmall
it does depend on your goals.
powerlfiter periodize more than BBers
my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.