100% workouts

Discussion in 'Basic Training Principles and Methods' started by Mike in NZ, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Mike in NZ

    Mike in NZ New Member

    When you are on the last workouts on each cycle (ie, with 100% of your max) do you go to failure or still stop at the rep range?

  2. Bryan Haycock

    Bryan Haycock Administrator Staff Member

    Just hit the desired number of reps. Lets say you are doing an extra week or two of 5s. During this period you will likely be right at your 5RM each set. However, in order to keep the volume of your training constant you may want to think in terms of "total reps" instead of reps/set. In this situation you will perhaps try to get 10 total reps for a given exercise. That might require that you do 1 set of 5, 1 set of 3, and a final set of 2, resting just long enough to complete the desired number of reps.

    So, keep in mind that there is nothing inherently wrong with training to failure. It only becomes a problem when you are no longer able to recover your strength by the time your next workout occurs.

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