For years, high-fatigue training has been the order of the day. It didn’t matter what your goals were, the purpose of any workout was to push your body very hard, create a lot of stress, and spend several days recovering. This approach works very well for anyone looking to build muscle or improve their work capacity, but it’s not the only way to train.
You can also train in a way to manage and limit your fatigue. Basically, you hold yourself back in sets and reps so you’re not pushing yourself into that red zone. So if you can do a maximum of 50 push-ups you’ll only do 20-30 and stop there.
There are several advantages with low to moderate fatigue training. You don’t need to recover for several days afterward, it can be easier on your nervous system and it can be easier on your joints. The minimal fatigue opens the door to much more frequent workouts giving you the ability to practice every day or even several times a day.
Is high or low fatigue training best for you?
Understanding you don’t always have to push yourself to the end of your capabilities gives you options. If you’re feeling like you may benefit from more frequent practice sessions, and you don’t like feeling beat up or sore, using a low fatigue approach may be best. If you are trying to increase your work capacity, and don’t want to train almost every day then high fatigue training may be best. Either way, Know that both options are available and neither is best or optimal for everyone.