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How Often To Train To Failure

Training to positive failure, i.e until you can no longer raise the bar to the top position in a set, is a topic that is going to have a myriad of different opinions, and it is certainly going to result in a lot of arguments. How often should we train to failure, should we train to failure at all, and what are the benefits and drawbacks of such a training system. Not to mention the more advanced technique of training to negative muscular failure.

All of these points will be addressed in this article. First let’s look at what we REALLY mean by training to failure, many trainees really do not appreciate just how brutal this actually is. Don’t forget that the harder you train the less bodybuilding training frequency you need.

HOW TO TRAIN TO FAILURE

Training To Positive Failure

When we talk about training to positive failure we are talking about reaching the point in a set of reps where we can no longer raise the bar all the way up. This may be not being able to get the bar up in a set of barbell curls, pushing as hard as we can but no longer being able to lock out in the extended position in a set of shoulder presses, or (and this is very dangerous) getting stuck in the bottom position in a set of squats.

To failure training means that we simply cannot move the bar more than a a tiny amount in an upward direction.

And it is BRUTAL!

Many people believe they have trained to positive failure when this is not the case at all. True “to failure training” should leave us exhausted, our muscles will be gorged with blood, and we will probably need a bit of a lie down. But this is as nothing to training to negative failure

Training To Negative Failure

This is a whole other ball game.

If you are wondering

Should I Train To Failure

Then you should know that there are some benefits to this kind of weight training, but, as we shall see later on in this article, it must be used in the correct way, and with the right frequency.

To negative training is the most brutal form of this kind of training and can make severe inroads into your body’s recuperative abilities. This is, in reality training beyond failure, as we will need assistance in the form of a spotter or a body movement, to get the bar to the top position. Let’s say we are performing a set of barbell curls. We have reached the point of positive failure in our bodybuilding routine, we can no longer raise the bar to the top position.

We no have two options, we can use a spotter to apply some force to the bar to help us lift it to the top, or we can swing our body to get the same effect. This is known as “cheating”. Once in the top position we slowly lower the weigh, ideally to a 4 second count. This action is repeated a number of times, until we basically cannot fight against the downward force of the weight, and it literally drops from our exhausted hands.

It is taxing on the muscles and the system as a whole in the extreme.

Should I Train To Failure

What does it mean to train to failure?

It means that

You can no longer lift the bar to the top position

Your normal set of reps is finished

Your muscles are gorged with blood and severely taxed

You will have made severe inroads to your system as a whole

Recovery will take longer than training a rep or two shy of total positive failure

If using negative to failure training you will have pushed your muscles and system to the extreme

Both forms of training take it out of you and recovery will be longer. And this needs to be considered.

So, should you train in this manner.

To Train To Failure Or Not

To Failure Bodybuilding Positives

Weight training to failure should only ever be done on a very abbreviated routine, most trainees would do well to tread the workout routine to build muscle and follow it relatively closely. Learning how to build muscle means that most people need only very brief and infrequent workouts if they want maximum gains.

The positive if training to failure, positive or negative, is that you MAY increase your rate of growth and the rate at which you are able to consistently add weight to he bar. If you are looking to gain weight quickly then this may be the answer to the fastest rate of growth.

Why Not To Train To Failure

The down side of this type of training is that it makes severe inroads into your body’s ability to recover. If you are not used to training like this, and normally stop a rep or two shy of positive failure, than suddenly training like this may mean you cannot train as frequently. And the most workouts you can perform in any given period of time is going to result in maximum growth and gains.

But this is only true if you have recovered from your previous workout. And for many, this means a number of days of rest before performing another weights workout.

It is down to listening to your body and seeing how it effects your training frequency. If you can train more intensely, and still keep progressing with the weights you use, then you are onto a good thing. If training like this makes inroads that are too severe and you simply cannot progress in almost every workout, or at least once a week, then you may find that your body is better suited to training that is a little shy of failure.

This is the one thing you will not hear in most bodybuilding circles, you must listen to your body and train accordingly.

How Often (Train to failure every set?)

So let’s get to the meat and bones of this article, now that we have a little bit of knowledge about what we are getting ourselves into.

Done correctly, with the right nutrition, the right routine and the right level of rest, this type of training can be super productive. So how often should bodybuilding routines be performed to failure? As often as possible as long as it does not severely effect recovery.

If you can keep progressing with the amount of weight you add to the bar, or the number of reps performed each workout, then train as hard as possible. The problem is that may trainees, especially your averagely genetically blessed trainee, may find it takes too much out of them to train like this every workout.

Experiment

The best solution is to train full body, using to failure techniques, and see how you respond. If you simply take too many days to recover, and it effects your training frequency, then training a rep shy of failure may be best. No two people react the same, so it is up to us to find what our bodies can handle.

If training like this for every set it too much then we may be better of cycling the exercises we train in this manner. Maybe run a cycle of a month or so where you use this style for one body-part only. A month of training the bench press to failure, only as long as you train in a power rack, or have suitable bench press stands, and then switching to focus on another body-part, part may be the ideal solution.

Listen to your body and train accordingly.

Rest

Above all else you must ensure that you recover between workouts. If you find it too hard to get in a workout with a respectable period of rest then don’t train in this manner. Or cycle it so that only one exercise per workout is performed in this manner. We want to get big and strong, and this means progressing with weights or reps in a set nearly every, if not every workout.

Best Training Program For Mass Gains

If you want to know how to build muscle then there are a few simple things that you need to keep at the fore in your mind. You need to train hard, get plenty of rest, sleep a lot, and eat enough to gain weight. If you can take care of all this then you are guaranteed to pack on the pounds. It sounds simple, but it requires a lot of dedication and a willingness to commit to a long term training routine, and leading a clean life for maximum gains.

The best training program for mass gains is going to focus on these 4 principles. So let’ take a look at each one in depth. Miss out on either of the 4 and your gains are going to be nowhere near as good as they could have been.

Workout For Mass Gains

The heart of our mass gains is based around the best workout for mass gains. Please read that article for the routine. At its simplest we are concentrating on a few compound exercises a maximum of twice a week. Those who already have experience with training may well find that twice a week is too much.

We need to ensure that we are making poundage progressions at every workout, so if you are not then add in an extra day of rest between your workouts. Rest pause training for the legs should be at the heart of any serious attempt to build real mass. Heavy leg work done in a rest pause style is going to be the absolute best way possible to add incredible mass all over your body. It stimulates the appetite in a way that nothing else can. It also leads to muscle development all over the body, not just in the leg and buttock area.

This simple and infrequent style of training allows you to maximize the time you spend working out in terms of productivity, and it also allows you to much more easily take care of the other three factors.

Rest

Getting adequate rest is of prime importance. You can work out as hard as you want, but without full recovery and minimal other physical activity you will not make the best gains. Not only do you need to ensure that you give your muscles time to recover from the stresses and strains you impose on them, you need to actually give them time to grow as well.

It means that you should never workout again until you know for sure that you have grown all that you can. As mentioned in previous articles you can only gauge this by ensuring that you make progress in terms of weight added to the bar at least every other workout. If you cannot fulfil this criteria then you are working out too often,or you are not taking care of the other factors.

If you are getting enough rest, sleep and food, but not making gains in the Gym then you need to add another rest day between workouts.

For maximum mass gains from working out with weights you need perform little in the way of physical activity apart from during your workouts. The more you can rest your muscles the quicker they can recover, and the quicker you can hit them hard again in the gym, or at home using cheap weights sets.

Sleep

Sleep should never be overlooked as part of a training program to gain mass quickly. You need all the rest you can get, and the best rest of all is sleep. It allows your body to recover and build itself up like nothing else. At a minimum you should be trying to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. And more if you possibly can.

If you can get to bed early, and get a great night of sleep, then you are doing your best for your body. It can recover and grow quicker and it is the absolute best way to get energized for the workouts ahead of you.

Get into a pattern of going to bed at the same time every night, and sleeping for as long as you possibly can.

After doing heavy leg work you should find that you sleep like a baby, and will actually need at least 8 hours of sleep if not a lot more.

Eating

Nutrition is so important if you want to gain mass with bodybuilding. You need to concentrate on what you eat and how much of it you eat as well. To get mass gains quickly and to really make the most of the exercise regime you are on, you need to eat lots of good quality food. I am not going to get into an argument about the number of times you need to eat each day, let your hunger dictate that to some degree.

Suffice to say that you do not need to eat 6 meals a day. 2 or 3 a day, as long as you get a surplus of calories is going to be more than sufficient. But you have to be realistic about it. You need to ensure that you are getting enough calories in you. If you do heavy leg work then you should be hungry nearly all the time, so you should have no problem eating enough to gain weight.

And gain weight you must. To gain mass with your training program you need surplus calories. And the bottom line is that as well as adding muscle to your frame you will also be adding a little bit of fat. It is mostly inevitable.

But if you can eat healthily then you can minimize the amount of fat gained, and ensure that nearly all of it is muscle.

Aim for a few pounds a month minimum in terms of weight gain.

If you can keep that up for 6 months then you will look like a totally different person. 12-14 pounds of mostly solid muscle is going to make you look better than anyone else that you know. If you can stay lean whilst gaining this weight you will look incredible. Many beginners simply underestimate how much they need to eat to gain weight. Read the how to gain weight fast article for more information on this. But basically you simply need to keep eating and eating until you finally begin to add weight each and every week.

The thinner you are then the more you can eat and the faster you can gain weight. If you are very slim then for a limited period of time you may even be able to add as much as a pound in weight every week. But it will take some dedication to the plate, along with drinking plenty of milk as well.

The Wrap-Up

If you can follow all of these pieces of advice, and stick to it for months at a time, then you are going to gain mass very quickly. This training program for mass gains revolves around getting all the factors near enough perfect. And you must do this day after day, week after week, and month after month.

How To Stay Motivated When Dieting

Starting a diet can almost be fun. We are motivated to lose weight and are excited to get started. Hopefully, we have done our homework and have found the right diet to follow to reach our weight loss goal. We are ready to get going, we have the right diet plan to follow, and we KNOW we will lose weight!

Then, reality sets in. Losing weight is a commitment, and once the “excitement” of starting the new diet wears off, we are faced with the work of sticking to it to reach our goals.

First, understand that motivation is what gets your started on your diet, but it is discipline that will keep you on your diet. Before you begin that new diet you need to understand this. You will start with excitement, but by day 5 your real world has set in and your have most likely slipped into old habits. You need to include in your diet plan a way to handle the realities of life. Like waking up late, rushing out of the house to get to work on time, and grabbing a muffin to eat in the car. Or, traffic is a nightmare on the way home and by the time you are almost at the gym, you are so tired and frustrated you decide to skip it and just go home. This is life, and if you have don’t have a game plan to deal with temptation, you will end up slipping into old habits.

So, what to do? First, do not get so frustrated that you give up on your diet! Instead, understand that you need to learn to cultivate your motivation. And the way to do this is to plan for and commit to small successes. Small successes, like grabbing some fruit instead of the muffin, will keep you motivated. Then, when you are face with a temptation like skipping the gym you can motivate yourself to stick to your workout goals. Stay committed to your plan, and you will be surprised how much motivation this will give you the next time you are face with a temptation.

Do not wait until you “feel better” or “feel like it”. You never will! Use temptation to your advantage and follow through with your plan, whatever it was, and you will be building your motivation. Once you prove to yourself that you can do it, you will be more motivated to stick to your goals the next time you are face with temptation.

Bottom line, losing weight and reaching your goals is all up to YOU. When starting a diet you will be motivated, but understand that will end, and you will need to work through temptations. If you choose to work through them, you will be increasing your motivation, and you will reach your weight loss goals.

If you are planning on starting a diet soon, or have started one and have reach a point where you are struggling with motivation, take this advice. Work motivation goals into your diet plan, anticipate times of struggle and know what you will do when faced with it. Then, you will find weight loss success.