View Full Version : Training to Failure
07-05-2010, 11:42 AM
I know this topic has been discussed all over these forums but it's hard to find any opinions from experienced competitors, so I figured i would post on the contest prep forum. I train with high volume and train to failure on every set and also implement forced reps, drop sets, negatives, rest/pauses etc throughout my workout but I also only hit each muscle once a week. I've gotten good results over the years but feel as though I should be progressing faster. How many of you train to failure on every set? would love to hear some feedback from natural competitors on this topic
07-05-2010, 12:06 PM
I use DC and train till failure on every set. However, I only do 3 sets per muscle group so volume is very low. I train each muscle group twice a week. I've had great results. However, I do feel like if I implement another rest day and change up my split just a hair then I will see better results.
The human body is very resilient and will readily adapt when forced to. I personally think overtraining to the point where the muscle cannot adapt and or grow is very difficult to do, but I do think that you can wreck your joints if you're not careful. In the end I think natural athletes tend to be too cautious in regards to training. I think as time goes on we'll see that natural athletes can achieve a whole lot more than we ever thought was imaginable.
My rule of thumb is, as long as you're making progress in the gym, then you're not overtraining. That doesn't mean that your routine is what works best for you though.