The Pros and Cons of Training to Failure
Training to failure is one of the most popular methods for building muscle mass. However, there are some disadvantages associated with it.
1) You’re going to get injured if you go too heavy or do too many sets per workout.
If you’re not careful, your body will break down from overtraining and burn out.
2) Your gains won’t last forever.
Eventually you’ll plateau and lose strength.
3) You have to lift heavy weights every single day to build muscle.
That means you need to eat enough food just so that you can survive the rest of the week! (Or at least until your next workout).
Eating right isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely possible if you’re willing to put in the work.
4) You’re probably going to get bored with the same routine.
You might even stop lifting altogether. Don’t worry though, you can change up your routine and still reap the benefits of training to failure.
5) You have to spend money on equipment like weight machines, plates, dumbbells, etc… If you don’t have any money, then it’s unlikely that you’d want to invest in such things.
(But they are nice to have.)
Fortunately, you should be able to solve most of these issues before they become a major problem. Let’s look at some tips below:
1) If you’re worried about getting injured, just use a spotter when lifting.
That way, if you fail a rep, then your spotter can save the lift for you. Most gyms have them anyway, so make sure to use them before it’s too late!
2) Your gains won’t last forever, but they can last for a pretty long time as long as you train consistently.
You just need to keep your body guessing and push yourself every single day. Focus on different areas of your body on different days and don’t forget the basics either.
3) If you want to build muscle, then you need to eat enough food.
However, you shouldn’t binge just because you had a good workout. Make sure that you’re eating enough food every day and don’t forget the supplements too.
A well balanced diet is the key to big gains.
4) As long as you change up your routine, then you shouldn’t get bored.
Just don’t change it too much or else you won’t see any more progress. Add weight when you can and set goals for yourself.
Find something that will keep you motivated and focused so you don’t lose interest!
5) You don’t need to spend money on equipment if you don’t want to.
If you’re worried about not having the right stuff, then check out your local gym. They should have everything you need or else find a buddy who has a home gym.
Don’t give up so easily
It is true that training to failure can be difficult at times. You’re going to have to be focused, have a strong desire to succeed and really want to push yourself hard.
I know it sounds a little crazy, but if you really want to make progress…
You might need to push yourself even harder than you ever have before. Don’t worry, as long as you pace yourself accordingly, take the necessary steps and listen to your body on how it feels, then you’ll be fine.
Just remember that sometimes you need to take a step back in order to take two steps forward. (This quote sounds really weird for some reason)
So take your time, try these tips out and keep on training!
-David “DB” Bentz
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