Re: Failure Training
Low rep days can should be the same, the muscle does not need to be taken to failure to induce growth. I would also recommend putting everything you have into each rep when not failure training. An interesting point on the subject would be that there are three ways recruit a maximal amount of motor units in a single set according to Zatsiorsky's Science and Practice of Strength Training:
1. Lift a maximal load.
2. Lift a submaximal load as fast as possible.
3. Lift a submaximal load to failure.
So if we want to maximize motor unit recruitment but not train to failure eplosive training seems to produce the most benefit.
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