Going to Failure, is it Really Necessary or Even Dangerous?

In Fitness Independence, Grind Style Calisthenics, R.D.P Podcast by Matt

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I’m sure I don’t need to tell you there’s a lot of debate out there around taking your sets to failure. Some claim it’s an absolute necessity and you can’t possibly get results without taking your sets to the limit. Other’s say it’s not only unnecessary, but even potentially dangerous and can even hold you back?

Naturally “everyone is right” in their own mind and the other opinion is obviously wrong because they haven’t done their “research.” Unfortunately, all of this petty back-and-forth only hurts you in the long run because neither side is the one you want to be on.

Like many things in fitness, the debate over failure is missing the fundamental lesson of what’s really going on. We’re not dealing with the issue of taking your sets to muscle failure, but rather observing the role fatigue plays in training.

Sometimes fatigue can be your friend and help you with your goals. Other times, it can be a liability and can hold you back.

Thats why I created this week’s podcast to get to the bottom of what’s really going on while discussing tips on how you can use pushing your muscles to a high-fatigue state in a smart way.