Should You Train to Failure or Load?
Today we are discussing failure training again, but this time we are talking about whether or not load makes a difference. A recent study from McMaster University and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has shown that failure training works very well on its own and is more important than absolute load or even changes in anabolic hormones. During the study, experienced weight trainers spent 10 weeks performing either high reps with a low load, or low repetitions with a high load. Both groups trained to failure in bench press, leg press, shoulder press, and knee extension. The only exercise which had any significant difference was the bench press, which showed more strength gained for the high-resistance group. Muscle hypertrophy and strength gains were otherwise equal.