YES. I’ve been waiting for this post. I’ll start out with a picture of what I looked like in middle school. Imgur I’m the fat ginger on the right. People were cruel to me. One day in 8th grade, a kid in class saw my tag sticking out of my size 12 pants and yelled it to the whole class. Everybody laughed at me, and I was so upset that I just stopped eating. I lost about 60 pounds over the summer, getting down to about average size for a freshman. I still considered myself to be obese, so I dropped out of the regular high school and attended an alternative school and continued to starve myself and lose weight. After high school, I was wearing size 2 jeans and rejecting at least 2 or 3 propositions from attractive men a day. All of a sudden, everything was incredibly easy for me. I didn’t understand what was going on, but everything was free. oil changes, cigarettes, anything. I could walk up to any guy I wanted and just say hello and he’d practically just throw his wallet at me. It was fun and exciting, but I couldn’t help but feel disgusted. It wasn’t just men either. I got treated nicer in stores, received job offers, offered more help in classes, etc. I see people that I knew in middle school and they don’t recognize me at all. Last year, I ran into the same kid that yelled my pants size to my class, and he asked me out on a date, forgetting completely who I was or what he had done to me. I politely declined.
Weight training to failure
Is is absolutely necessary to train to muscular failure to build maximum muscle mass? If you would have asked me this 10 years ago and I would have said yes.
However, I've come to realize that using heavy weight and taking your exercise to complete muscular failure is but one of many ways to increase intensity levels. Mind you, it's a very effective way but only one of the ways.
Today, I tend to think that in order to build muscle, you need to improve upon your routine and exercises with each passing workout, day after day, week after week and month after month.
That is, you need to either use more weight that you did last workout for your working set, using the same reps, and rest times. Or, you do more repetitions using the same weight than you did last workout on your work set, using the same rest periods. Or, do the whole workout in less time.
By improving your weight training sessions with each workout, you increase the intensity of each session therefore creating a better environment for muscle growth. However, going to failure on your last set is very effective for muscle growth, but, it is only effective as long as you are improving.
For example, let's say I used 225 pounds last workout for 8 repetitions and I went to failure on the 8th repetition. Now, let's say this workout, I did 8 unassisted repetitions and hit muscular failure on the 9th repetition. I've improved from this workout to the last. You need to keep improving with each workout in order to build muscle mass.
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