This is quite counter-intuitive to what I've read, BTB. Thanks for your contribution.
I've always thought that the most gains are made in the last couple of reps. Therefore it follows (to my mind at least) that maximum exertion in the last reps of each set is optimum...?
EDIT: you say you've NEVER trained to failure? Never ever? I thought it was essential?! Some of the time, at least.
W.A. AMATEUR STRONGMAN
Axle clean-press: 100 kgs (220 lbs)
Bench press: 135 kgs (298 lbs) - 1st PL meet 16th October 2011
Deadlift w/Barbell: 180 kgs (397 lbs)
Deadlift w/Hexbar: 225 kgs (496 lbs)
Farmers walk: 240 kgs (530 lbs), 50 feet
Front squat: 100 kgs (220 lbs)
Log clean-press: 100 kgs (220 lbs)
Strict OHP: 85 kgs (187 lbs) 3 reps
Tyre flip: 260 kgs (573 lbs), 100 feet