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Should you train to failure? I’m going to talk about that in this video and a whole
lot more. Should you train to failure? That’s a question that’s often asked of me. Let’s talk about what failure actually is. I guess the obvious explanation for failure
is, you’re trying to do that one last rep. Maybe you”re shooting for 6 to 8 or 8 to 12
reps. Whatever it may be. You’re in your rep range and you just can’t
go anymore. You fail and maybe you’re halfway up. You just can’t get that last rep in. Pushing yourself to failure. Failure to execute that last rep. Failure could also be that you are going for
that one more rep, and maybe you actually even finish the rep. But you comprised the form too much in your
estimation. So, it’s a failure because you didn’t use
that strict form, feel and execution. So, failure could be defined as not getting
that last rep or compromising your ideal form. That form, feel and execution that you are
shooting for. You failed, but you still got the rep up. So, should you train to failure? Well, this is what I have learned from my
journey. Trying to become my best. Pushing myself. And learning from a lot of the top mentors
and coaches who have shown me along the way. Failure is many times mental. It’s emotional. More than it is something black and white
and physical. Sure on the outside surface, right, you didn’t get the rep up. You failed. Right, that’s the most basic understanding. Or, if you compromised your form. That’s not always so black and white, but
you don’t have that ideal form, so you failed. All right, progressive overload is what you
are shooting for when you do every single set. You want to push yourself to do one more rep. Sometimes, even one half a rep. 5 more pounds
with one more rep. Better form, feel and execution. That mind/muscle connection. Just pushing yourself to do a little bit better. However you measure it. One more rep. 5 more pounds. Better form, feel and execution. That is your target for every set. All right, progressive overload. Just a little bit better in those factors
every single set. That is more of a mental and emotional game
more than it is physical sometimes. Think about this, that in life there is always
a higher level. You think you work hard, you’re doing well,
you keep on pushing yourself, you’ll understand that in life you can always work harder. You can always raise your standards. You can always get more out of yourself. And that’s the fun of life. That’s the game. That’s the challenge. That you never have that down. You’ve got to be humble to always be striving
for more. Well, it’s the same thing when you execute every
set. You’ve got to have that same mentality. There’s always a higher level. Right, so is it absolutely true that you can
reach that failure on every set when you know that there’s always a higher level? See, I know through my many years of training,
that in the right conditions, I can get that one more rep. In the right conditions, I can get 5 more
pounds. All right, I’ve experienced it and maybe you
have too. So, to go in there with a limit that you are
limited to that you are actually even achieving failure in every set, you’re probably pulling
up short just by boxing yourself in. You should go for failure to every set knowing
that even when you think you achieve that, there is always a higher level. Well, let’s talk about that weight. All right, that rep at that particular weight
should you fail? Now, let me just make this absolutely clear,
that form, feel and execution, the mind/muscle connection is more important than that one
more rep. Even going to absolute failure with 5 more
pounds. All right, it’s that mind/muscle connection. you have to stimulate the targeted muscle
group. Now it’s how strong am I? How mentally tough am I? To get to those higher levels. All right, a lot of times you can surprise
yourself by going for that one more rep. And even if you don’t get it, even if you
don’t get it, you might step back and say, “I can get that the next time”. But you have to actually feel it, you have
to experience it. You can’t go by theory. You have to push yourself for that failure. And, if you really think about it, if you
can get a half more rep, all right, that half rep even though you failed, stopping before
even trying that half rep, are you really at absolute failure? Because really, the failure started half way. So, if you stop below and don’t even try, you’re
actually not even going to failure anyway. All right, also when it comes to that form,
feel and execution, well, “I got the rep up but I failed because I got a little wobbly
with the set.” All right, again, never hurt yourself, but
a lot of times and this is true with sports, is that you have to do it wrong so that your
body can experience it. You mind can experience it. You have to feel yourself doing it wrong before
you can start doing it right. You’ll get in there next time and say “You
know, my form suffered but I think I can get that. I think I can get that next time. I don’t think I have to stop short on the
rep or reduce my weight 5 more pounds. I think I can get it.” And guess what? You push yourself maybe not the next set,
maybe not the set after. But a week later. Two weeks later. It’s that mindset. That’s what makes this training a fun game. So boxing yourself in and saying “I’m not
going to failure…”. All right, you’re probably not going to failure
anyway. And I have that humility with myself is that
I never think “I train so hard.” Even at my level, I know that there’s always
a higher level and I have that empowering belief. I don’t box myself in. I don’t create a limiting belief about what
failure is. So, should you go to failure for every set? Yes, knowing that there’s going to be a higher
level and whatever you think failure is now, two weeks from now, two months from now you’ll
realize, that wasn’t failure. That mindset. That determination. That game you made out of it created a new
level for failure anyway. So, when it comes to failure, should you train
to failure for every set? You’ll understand that it’s a game. It’s a mind game. It’s mental and emotional probably a lot more
than it’s physical. Because there is always that higher level. Hey, if you love this information that’s specifically
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9 thoughts on “Should You Train To Failure When You Are Older?

  1. Hey Skip….you seem to always lift heavy on every set. Do you ever train with lighter weight and increase reps to maybe just confuse the muscles. If so how often? Thanks

  2. I sir I'm 212 pounds I've been trying to work out I can't seem to get my biceps to grow I do 5 sets of 12 I'm confused do i stop at 12 or do I come to failure before 12 i don't understand i do 5 sets of 12 for each body part

  3. I’ve had shoulder and rotator cuff surgery last year, just started lifting again earlier this year..been challenging myself to lift heavier with the exception of, another tear, must agree with you , the mindset , I pushed until I was able to press 55 lb dumbbells in each hand, it felt great and scary at the same time. May seem light to most, but until you go under the knife it’s a different story, thanks for the encouragement

  4. With me I train hard to failure but if I need rest I take time off for my central nerve system to recovery.Also most guys train and not sleep and weaken their immune system and catch cold or the flue , and you know these guys in the gym because they are always sick or injured.

  5. im 51, been lifting since 12. (im not a champion),,when i was younger in the beginning "failure" was more intense than its been the last 10 years. Now the "failure" Usually may not be technical failure. Its not being able to do another rep in good form under "normal effort", once in a while getting super intense depending on the day and energy level. Always though, trying to squeeze 1 or more reps out of an exercise than last workout–going up to top of the range over time then increasing weight by small amount. And this happens often with slight changes of exercises or order when staleness occurs on more than a couple exercises. Currently im doing just 1 working set per exercise, always trying to increase each exercise by 1 rep (full body workout)–I like it. My arms don't look like yours, but I have reached my genetic potential for the most part,,,at least as far as I can without crazy supplements (only creatine). I find set after set of alot of exercises too mentally fatiguing, and feel like im spinning my wheels (because reached potential. More sets and reps may pump me up for the workout, but after—my muscles don't seem any different than just doing 1 set.. I think its "fun" trying to progress each workout. Some parts of the year I may do the multiple sets though to break it up.

  6. Greetings from across the Pacific, Skip. I am scared to get to failure cause I might drop the weights or hurt myself.

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