December 10, 2020 – Sean Nalewanyj: Training to Failure
Sean Nalewanyj is one of our favorite YouTubers for natural lifters. He just published a great video today explaining what training to failure really means. He supports our understanding of training to failure (or close to failure), as this is how most of your sets should be performed. In other words, training to failure means to do as many reps as you can while maintaining full range of motion and proper form. Once you start losing your proper form (e.g. your lower back starts rounding or tilting during squats or deadlifts), then it is a good indication to put down the barbell and rest for the next set.
Do not try to grind out another rep with bad form just to claim that ‘you gave it all’. Better leave that 1-2 reps in reserve and focus on performing a clean and stable exercise. He also mentions that going all out on sets has its place. But this should be only applied by very experienced lifters and only for specific exercises. This certainly does not apply to squats or deadlifts, as this would just increase risk of injury.
But check out the video for yourself (Sean Nalewanyj: Training To Failure)
There is also a great video from Jeff Nippard explaining the advantages of leaving reps in reserve (not going all out). Especially experienced lifters seem to benefit from it. They then can then better perform all sets evenly throughout their workout. And in the end this means to achieve a higher volume for better muscle stimulation.
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