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    Is it good to do a compound lift till failure?

    I only have 315 pounds in plates yet so I was thinking instead of doing 5 sets I usually do for 8 reps on compound lifts, I can do 2 sets of 8 then last one to failure and then I can overload reps on that last set every 1 or 2 weeks. So like if I squat 315 10 times for last set, I can aim for 11-12 next week resulting in progressive overload since I can't do it with bigger weights yet

    I only do one compound lift/ day but manage to hit every major muscle group for 15 sets/week, With last set to failure method it will be 12 sets/week with one set to failure so 13/week for every major muscle group
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    When you're limited to a small stack of plates.
    Gotta do what you gotta do.

    Its usually called an AMRAP..
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    Great protocol. Just don't let filthy **** reps sneak it.
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    I like to do them as an end unto themselves sometimes, just to see how many I can do, not necessarily as a means to another end.
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    I do, but usually stay with a rep or 2 of failure if the lower back is involved in any way.
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    I don’t go to failure much when it’s a matter of practicing form.
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    I'd do a harder variation rather than go to failure on a big compound. Pause squats, pin squats, tempo squats, constant tension squats, will let you milk your weights for a good while rather than go to failure.
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    When it comes to those technical lifts, form failure is probably a more appropriate way to look at it. Which in that case, yes, nothing wrong with that
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    I try to train at an RPE of 8-9 with compound lifts; leave 1-2 reps in the tank. Those last two reps will probably be the ugly ones where I risk an injury. I'll do rest/pause or drop sets to try to squeeze out a few more reps if I feel like my form will hold up.
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    Originally Posted by Saiyanbrahh View Post
    I only have 315 pounds in plates yet so I was thinking instead of doing 5 sets I usually do for 8 reps on compound lifts, I can do 2 sets of 8 then last one to failure and then I can overload reps on that last set every 1 or 2 weeks. So like if I squat 315 10 times for last set, I can aim for 11-12 next week resulting in progressive overload since I can't do it with bigger weights yet

    I only do one compound lift/ day but manage to hit every major muscle group for 15 sets/week, With last set to failure method it will be 12 sets/week with one set to failure so 13/week for every major muscle group
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    Go until your form starts to fail but not to the point where you have to bail on the lift and safety becomes an issue.
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    suggestion

    Originally Posted by Saiyanbrahh View Post
    I only have 315 pounds in plates yet so I was thinking instead of doing 5 sets I usually do for 8 reps on compound lifts, I can do 2 sets of 8 then last one to failure and then I can overload reps on that last set every 1 or 2 weeks. So like if I squat 315 10 times for last set, I can aim for 11-12 next week resulting in progressive overload since I can't do it with bigger weights yet

    I only do one compound lift/ day but manage to hit every major muscle group for 15 sets/week, With last set to failure method it will be 12 sets/week with one set to failure so 13/week for every major muscle group
    hey Saiyanbrahh so to give some advice on this issue with the the limited weights available for your squat I would suggest to not go until failure on your sets. according to Ken Mannie the head strength and conditioning coach for Michigan state there is no benefit for increasing your volume until failure. the results of doing only 1 set of an exercise with extremely good quality of the reps will have an equal effect of doing multiple sets or even sets till failure with average form. if i were you since it is an easier weight i would do 3-4 sets at around 70-75% of your max for 8-10 reps and really focus on the form. when even that gets easy if you can't afford more weights by then, then use things like bands to increase the weight or other variations of leg exercises to get great benefit out of what you have.
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