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Repetitions to Failure
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Author:  Agustus [ Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:53 am ]
Post subject:  Repetitions to Failure


When doing an exercise, especially a weighted gym exercise, what is the advantage for your muscle and fitness of performing repetitions until failure, rather than doing a specific amount of reps each set? And do you recommend going to failure every set, if say doing 2-3 sets per exercise? If you could let me know what you think, I would sure appreciate it.

Agustus Maghee

Author:  Virtual Trainer [ Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Repetitions to Failure

I think for people on lower hour programs you need to try to fail at every set. Unless you are strength training full time (even my guys in moto) are told to try to get failure on each set. Shortest answer is for the limited time you are strength training, you want to get the most adaptation signals to your body with the least amount of work. This means most work at your limit, least amount under your limits. Adaptation occurs in response to work at limit, not under limit. It’s different than aerobic training, etc. Let me know if that makes sense.

Author:  Agustus [ Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Repetitions to Failure

Yeah for sure, that makes sense. And when you say adaption or adaption signals, is that your muscle adapting to that point when it can't lift anymore, in turn making it stronger, faster?

Author:  Virtual Trainer [ Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Repetitions to Failure


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