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Old 08-18-2014, 03:43 PM
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This subject has probably been beaten to death but here might be a new angle. Has anyone actually trained with both failure training on most sets for several weeks and non failure training and can clearly see and feel a difference ? Thanks....I'm 56 with 1 year or so of training under my belt and don't want to waste one more minute on anything that is a dead end or is sub optimal. I've made decent newbie gains despite doing a lot wrong probably. They probably won't continue without optimal training and just have to know if anyone has a good amount of experience with both failure training and non failure training.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:07 PM
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I trained close to failure early on when I was younger. I didn't make much progress.

Since getting older and wiser, I still train hard, but don't typically get too close to failure.

I have made much better gains now than when I was younger.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:17 PM
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Thanks Commander. You probably saved me a couple years at least of sub optimal training. It would take me that long to figure this out by trial and error.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:59 PM
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No problem. Failure is a risky tool, only to be used sparingly.

And the older we get (and our recovery abilities diminish), the less it should be used in my opinion. It is just hard on the central nervous system.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:01 PM
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Edgy,

I have been a lifting weights since I was 13 but never that serious. I have tried forced reps, drop sets, and half reps. I have determined that I will never be Mr. O and honestly have no desire. I have changed my goals to strength lifting, StrongLift 5x5, and honestly I'm excited every time I get in the gym. I work out three day per week and walk 2.5 miles five days a week. I wish you luck in achieving your goals and healthy living.
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