Training To Failure

How Often Should You Train To Failure?

▪️Training to task failure (reaching the point at which we’re no longer able to complete another repetition with that given weight) is the only definition of volume that is directly correlated to hypertrophy.. however, that doesn’t mean that stopping before failure doesn’t create hypertrophy, provided the right context.⁣

▪️In fact, depending on how much volume load (reps x sets x weight) we perform and accumulate weekly we can decide how often we should go to failure to maximize hypertrophy.⁣

▪️Less weekly volume -> reach task failure more often. (Even if you accumulate fatigue, you have plenty of time to recover)⁣

▪️More weekly volume -> reach task failure less often. (By not training to failure often, you don’t accumulate excessive fatigue)⁣

▪️In a sense, the amount of failure training we perform is inversely proportionate to the amount of weekly volume and frequency we choose to train with, where lower training volumes can be seen as “more efficient” ways to train.

▪️Keep in mind that a “more efficient” program is not necessarily the best one, for everyone.

▪️Some may dislike/not know what training to failure means, and they may want to pick a “softer” approach which can still bring results by increasing training frequency/total volume.

▪️Others may find no meaning in training at sub-maximal effort levels, and may prefer a lower frequency/volume with very hard training.

▪️This is extremely subjective, and many variables do dictate the variability of these recommendations.

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