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Old 01-18-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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I have never trained to failure. It's simply not needed for muscle or strength gains, so I ignore it and focus instead on maxing clean reps on sets.

It's not needed for beginner gains, and beyond that when the weight gets heavy, it can amplify CNS stress and beat the snot out of the body.

Some people can handle it better than others, and I certainly think people CAN use it at times. But I do not in any way feel it's needed.

If you are going to use it, I recommend using it on your last set of an exercise. Lifting involves a form of pleasure, and some people enjoy training to failure, so I will never say "never use it."

Steroid users require more intense contractions to stimulate receptors and new growth so failure is a more vital approach for that side of the sport.
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