Training to failure

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    Matt Jenkins
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    On a push day for example, if I’m doing 3 sets for each exercise should I be taking every set to failure at around 6-10reps? And if so how many exercises would you be looking to do for chest and shoulders?

    #18405
    BryceBahm
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    No way to accurately answer this.

    I don’t think 3 sets to failure is smart long term.

    It all really revolves around tolerance and stimulus. Can you tolerate sets to failure well? Some people don’t even need that much stimulus to see results.

    In the long run, you always should be in search of doing the least, at the biggest level, for the biggest return.

    #18432
    Anonymous
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    Like Bryce said, it really depends on how you are able to recover from those failure sets and a multiple of other factors on top of that. For compound movements I would keep it 1-2 sets max if you are gonna take them to failure. On smaller exercises like flyes and laterals I don’t see a problem doing all the 3 sets to failure as they are much less taxing on your cns and overall recovery.

    #18444
    Joe
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    On a push day for example, if I’m doing 3 sets for each exercise should I be taking every set to failure at around 6-10reps? And if so how many exercises would you be looking to do for chest and shoulders?

    How I program most all my workouts is my preference. I’d say start at 2 working sets. First set 5-8 reps, seconds working set 6-10. For a typical push day I’d say 3 exercises for chest, 2 for shoulders, 1 for triceps. From there everything can vary a bit from person to person so up or down 1 exercise, set, is normal. Only way to know what works is to implement for weeks/months and measure progress

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