Training to failure; in regards to joint health and overall longevity

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    Shane
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    Hey Joe,

     

    So I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time now and I was hoping you could shed some light on it if at all possible.

     

    I’m not coming at this from a place of overall effectiveness but instead of joint health and training over the long term. I know high intensity training works because I (and many others) have used it in the past to great effect (DC and similar low/lowish volume programs), not to mention I simply enjoy it. But sadly I’m not 20 years old anymore and I’m not sure how much my connective tissues enjoy it.

     

    I guess what I’m wondering is how much does training to failure contribute to injury risk just on it’s own, if it does at all? With the rather large assumption that form remains intact (so technical failure I guess) and overall load/volume is kept the same, or at least as close as possible.

     

    And  in terms of programming, how you would prioritize intensity relative to load and overall volume with regards to joint longevity? My best guess would be absolute load is followed by volume, with intensity a distant third.

     

    I hope I’ve made myself at least somewhat clear, I’m happy to clarify if needed.

     

    Thanks,

    Shane

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