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Fitness Tips For 8/22/2012
Is Training to Failure Necessary?
Not to Failure Training, The Art of Holding Back
By Paul Becker
Nothing leads itself more to zealotism than bodybuilding. Such is
their fervor that most bodybuilders would put themselves through
almost endless torture if they though it would help them achieve
Many bodybuilding magazines and books say such things as, "Work
every set as if it was your last", "Work as hard as humanly
possible", "It's impossible to train too hard", etc, etc. While
this many be entertaining and motivating, such advice taken
literally can actually be a reason for not making progress.
You cannot force your body to gain and give your body no choice
but "to grow of die" you body does have other choices and it
will take them.
You must learn to work with your body, not against it, gains in
muscle mass and strength must be coaxed not forced.
Of course each training session you should try to do a bit more
in reps or weight than your previous session. If you are not
able to do more your next workout or even worse not able to do
the same as your last workout then you are overtraining by
training too much, too often or too hard.
Yes, you can overtrain by training too hard.
If you train "all out to failure" each and every workout you are
more likely to hit a plateau and get stuck there.
But if you learn to hold back a bit each session "not training to
failure", but while still out doing the reps or weight of your last
workout, you will avoid plateaus and gain at a steadier rate.
Training to failure on every set of every workout is very hard on
your body and becomes too exhausting. Also going to failure all the
time is bad for you psychologically, as each time you can't make a
rep it is a loss and too many training loses build up which can
make you feel like you are losing.
But, not to failure training allows you to increase reps and weight
almost every workout and that makes for successes that make you
feel like you are progressing (which you are).
Every bodybuilder wants to reach his or her goals yesterday and I
understand and I feel the same way. But I now know that in my haste
I trained too hard in the past and prevented myself from gaining.
For the best gains I have learned to cycle training intensity in
the following manner, I take a full week off from training and then
lower my poundages by about 30% and then slowly work back up to my
pervious best with workouts that start easy and progressively get
harder over time.
When I reach my pervious best, I work hard to push past my highest
ever by 10 to 30 pounds. Then I take another week off and start all
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