Archive for the ‘Training to Failure’ Category

How Many Sets Should Athletes Perform?

5th of May, 2004

May 5 “What you get for free costs too much.” -Jean Anouilh


When considering efficiency in training it is important to understand that one set to failure per exercise would be an optimum way to train. In order to do this productively an athlete must understand the concept of intensity and have the ability to put it to use. When the ability or understanding to train with high intensity is lacking a coach can substitute with higher volume, or additional sets. (more…)

Is Training to Failure Necessary?

5th of August, 2002

August 5 “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” -Thomas Jefferson

There continues to be a misconception among coaches that using multiple sets rather than single set programs produce superior results in strength gains. In truth the research has shown no difference in the use of multiple sets over single sets in this regard. The “trick” to make single sets work (more…)

Strength Coaches to the Test

13th of March, 2002

March 13 “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” -Chinese Proverb

Last summer, we at got together with an Olympic lifting advocate coach, a believer that it requires more than one set to failure to trigger the necessary strength and growth. He agreed along with another coach to try the program, which requires (more…)