I recently performed a workout with a friend, who I noticed had a different style of weightlifting to what I perform.
To elaborate, I perform most sets to failure, and when I know that I have performed the last full rep I can physically do, I lower the weight to the lowest phase of the rep and attempt another, even though I normally dont have enough strength left to make the bar move. My friend, however, when he reaches the stage of the set when he knows he cannot perform another full rep, he performs 'half reps' to completely deplete his strength. For example, for the bench press, he would only lower the bar half way for the final reps of the set.
His technique is probably more effective than mine, as it allows complete depletion of strength to the point where, in some cases, the weight cannot even be held up. However, in my experience, performing sets like this creates a domino effect on the rest of the workout, reducing the number of full reps that I can perform on subsequent sets for the same exercise or muscle group.
Does anybody have any experience as to whether a 'loose' style has any major benefits over attempting the full repetition? Or, if it is advantageous to use this style occasionally or even spontaneously, for example on the final set of a exercise or muscle group.
p.s He is around five years older than me, so any obvious comparisons between strength/reps cannot be directly compared. He is also alot bigger than me, so I probably shouldnt make any critiques of his workout to his face.