Is going to failure really necessary?
Going to failure (success as I often refer to it) is a good thing in moderation, and it’s a method to ensure muscle growth gets stimulated. However, over the years, a lot of confusion has sprung up about it.
Getting a clear understanding of the principle of failure will help you out a lot in generating massive muscle growth.
Let’s get started on it…
What is Training to Failure?
Failure means performing a set to the point that you’re unable to do just one more rep, and despite all your effort, you just fail to do that last rep. However, a lot of confusion has been spawned over the years by different explanations of training to failure.
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If failure is used the right way, it can be a great tool in guiding your progress. However, there’s not a good reason that bodybuilders attribute a mythic importance to it, in that you can’t reach epic levels of progress without using this principle.
In reality, exercising to failure is not now, and never has been, necessary for muscle growth stimulation. The truth of it is that there is no human activity that occurs outside the gym where someone goes to failure.
For example, a digger would never dig a shovel to the point of failure. A lumberjack would never use an axe to the point of failure. It just doesn’t happen in nature. It is not a normal thing to happen. In all manual labor careers and facets of life involving manual labor, no one, or at least very few, do it to failure, and yet they have tremendous musculature.
A lot of people have hugely developed musculature without going to failure.
So, then, what is the good of going to failure?
Failure is kind of a way, an effective tool if you will, of discovering what your baseline intensity is. A lot of bodybuilders do train to failure on every single of their workout, because it forces a ton of intensity out of them.
This kind of training makes the muscles respond amazingly well for enhanced muscle and increased gains. If they are training with good form and strict movements, there is a minimized risk of injury, and great leaps in muscle strength and muscle mass are gained too.
When you push it to the max, you just cannot get another rep in there in strict form. When you get to this point, you’ve fully trained to failure, and you’re completely done with that set. This is when it’s time to stop.
In order to achieve significant increases in muscular endurance, size, or strength, you must do some heavy resistance training at some point. Those kinds of gains don’t happen without resistance.
When you train to failure, you give your body the ultimate amount of resistance. You put it through a lot to get a lot out of it. The principle of training to failure is used by bodybuilders because it keeps pushing them to higher and higher levels of size.
If you found this beneficial or if you need some additional information cleared up, please do not hesitate to drop me a line below.
David “Should I Train to Failure” Aston