Ahhhh, what a feeling. Walking into an empty gym is such a wonderful sight. You don’t have to worry about people staring at you, trying to talk to you in between sets, or compete for the same machine as you attempt to stick to your strict 30-60 second rest cadence. I can focus purely on myself. Each minute comprises complete and utter attention on nothing but my overarching objective— failure.
This may sound awfully counterintuitive, but it’s essentially reverse psychology. I want to fail. This is how you build your muscle fibers to withstand the time under tension and resistance, so the next time around you are able to rep the same weight, but at a higher frequency. If you are not challenging yourself, then you are not growing. 12 reps for three sets in a row is basically pointless. Your next set should not allow you to rep out 12 if you are training to failure.
It takes leaps and bounds to get over this mental hump and training in this manner, but once you do, you will be making pure gains, and nothing short. You should be celebrating getting less reps than the set before, not saying, “oh man, I only got 7 reps the second set.”
Realistically, your second set’s output should only be 50-67% of the previous set, not in weight, but rather frequency (if you are doing it right). And the same goes for the third set, and so on. This is how you reach the goals you set for yourself.
For instance, I want to be able to squat 1.5 times my bodyweight (170 * 1.5 = 255) 10 times. Currently, I can only do 225 lbs. roughly 7-10 times depending on the day. My training style will allow me to reach this particular goal in no time.
Who else trains to failure ??
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