19 Pieces of Workout Advice That Should Die Immediately

To make your lifts safer and more effective, don't listen to these common but misguided coaching cues.

"Training to failure guarantees huge gains"

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If you're unfamiliar with the term, "training to failure" refers to performing as many reps during a set as you possibly can. Only once your body "fails" and you can no longer squeeze out another rep is the set complete.

It's also often referred to as "AMRAP," short for "As Many Reps as Possible."

In many people's minds, training to failure seems like it'd guarantee serious gains. Pushing your body to the brink guarantees significant muscle damage, which should leave you with an optimum chance for gains as long as you rest and recover appropriately.
However, training to failure throughout a workout has actually been found to result in lesser improvement in max strength and rate of force development than stopping sets with a few reps in reserveĀ (meaning you feel you could perform a few more reps at the conclusion of the set, but you stop anyways).

Leaving a few reps in the tank rather than consistently training to failure is easier, yet leads to better results. While training to failure every now and then can have benefit, it should be used only on occasion as opposed to being your default approach.

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