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Training To Failure? No! Here's Why...
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10-11-2017, 04:16 PM
Hello Everyone,

I received the following text from Doc Moore relating to the topic of 'Training to Failure'. As you know, for years and years I have always advised against training to failure and have recommended to one and all to stop when you still have something left in the tank (by something left in the tank I mean at least 2 additional reps). Doc and I are in total agreement on this point. The reason I am sharing it here is because what is stated below is positively brilliant. Please read it carefully.

Training to failure: I don’t want to be training to failure. You are rewiring your neurological pathways. You’re changing the way the body is trying to perform that exercise. The body goes into survival mode. It says cheat, compensate, use different muscles… just get that exercise done. So you are rewiring the brain to perform that exercise with improper form. The brain remembers things. It connects emotion to the signal that is happening at that time. If you want bad form… attach an emotion to it. That is an emotion that will make sure you remember that final repetition that you're struggling on, more than the first 10 reps.

The best thing to do is to finish in strict form -- exactly the way you started the exercise. So the repetition number one is as good as repetition number ten. Stop two repetitions before you reach failure. Every repetition is good, and I’m not rewiring the brain to remember bad technique and to use the wrong muscles. I don’t train to failure.

Doc's message is a message that everyone needs to take to heart and by so doing you will become much stronger while not compromising joints, ligaments & tendons and while also preventing muscle tears.

This was the same logic John McSweeney used with his Tiger Moves System of exercises. John taught and believed that 3 sets of 10 repetitions performed at an intensity that could really be felt by the 10th rep of each set was the best all around set, rep, and intensity scheme for maintaining superior health, strength and fitness. In light of what Doc wrote above I can't help but believe that McSweeney discovered the perfect rep scheme for his Iso-Dynamic series of Tiger Move exercises.

Now, having read the logic and common sense of what is posted above, if you still feel inclined to train to failure, be my guest. But you're an idiot if you do.

---John Peterson
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