I have been super busy this past week and even though I couldn’t get to the gym, I still fit in some body weight workouts and dumbbell exercises at home. While I was lifting weights, I got to wondering about training to failure and whether or not it is safe. So far I’ve read varying opinions.
What is training to failure?
Training to failure basically means that you perform repetitions of a strength training exercise until you cannot physically do them anymore.
Is training to failure safe?
This is where it gets tricky depending on who you ask or where you do your research. So far I’m reading that bodybuilders practice this method in order to achieve big muscle gains. However, training this way could lead to injury for the inexperienced weight lifters.
Training to failure can also fall into the category of over training which is not good at all. Putting excessive stress on your muscles not only leads to a possibility of injury, but may also require much longer for your muscles to recover.
Training to failure once in awhile may be considered somewhat safe. I think sometimes I do it without even realizing it. I have lifted weights at the gym to the point of failure and felt the pain the next day. It may be wiser to train just short of failure for most workouts since extremely sore muscles are not an indicator of a great workout.