Training to failure on EVERY set?

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  2. Quote Originally Posted by SoMdHunter
    Thanks Savage, Soldier....appreciate the props.

    Soldier, like you, I always vary my reps on a given exercise. I'll do higher reps lower weights, mid reps at mid weight, and lower reps at higher weights. I want to work all my muscle fibers as often as possible to encourage growth.
    Definitely, I think periodization and progressive overload are the most efficient ways for training in terms of mass. Obviously diet is the most important aspect.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
    Definitely, I think periodization and progressive overload are the most efficient ways for training in terms of mass. Obviously diet is the most important aspect.
    Without a doubt! I can tell immediately if food intake has been too low for a given routine. The weights get heavy too early in my routine, and I know I won't be able to do what I want to accomplish that day.

    Food will make or break ya in the gym!

  4. Quote Originally Posted by SoMdHunter
    I always vary my reps on a given exercise. I'll do higher reps lower weights, mid reps at mid weight, and lower reps at higher weights. I want to work all my muscle fibers as often as possible to encourage growth.
    Yup. Mix it up. Best results and keeps you from getting bored.

  5. TS, SMD, do you guys vary your rep tempoes as I do? In terms of fibre difference?
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  6. I wouldn't take every set to failure mainly because of my CNS. When it comes down to it as some have said, everyones different. Things like progressive load, TUT techniques, and drop sets, all have their benefits. The key is to keep it fresh and keep your body guessing. Obviously nutrition is the other half of the puzzle.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
    TS, SMD, do you guys vary your rep tempoes as I do? In terms of fibre difference?
    Yes. Not as much as I vary reps, but I try to mix up tempo as well. My "standard" tempo is explosive/fast concentric and 3-4 seconds eccentric. This is what I use out of habit when I'm not thinking about tempo. (And I virtually always use it on the first set of my first lift for a muscle group, since I use this first set to track my strength progress.) But sometimes I'll also do slower concentric or a really slow (8-10s) eccentric.

    I'm really not sure how different tempos affect different fibres. But I just assume mixing it up is best unless I learn otherwise.

  8. I had assumed that muscle groups were comprised of different fibres, and each fibre type would respond most favourably to differing tempos. I usually stick with a 2:2, but go with 3:2 and 2:1 for Ecc:Con
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