I've spoken at length before about peoples ability to push themselves and how I honestly think that a lot of peoples "failure" is actually nowhere near muscular failure but more mental. -
As I was performing triceps extensions the other day it got me thinking, if I stopped when I felt the "burn" in my triceps and when it started to hurt, I'd be stopping about 6 reps short of muscular failure. When we consider that the proximity to failure appears to be a key component to hypertrophy and "effective" reps, 6 reps short of failure is not going to be enough to elicit the maximum hypertrophy response. I genuinely believe that some people don't have the mental fortitude to maximise hypertrophy. -
I see a lot of people stop when it starts to get hard or they start to feel the burn. The funny thing is, that's often where the magic happens..... in the gym 😉 -
Now, there are some people who I feel train to failure WAY too much but more often than not, I see it the other way around, and it's no surprise people are looking the same year on year. They complain that everything feels hard or everything hurts. Newsflash 👉 the gym is hard. It doesn't get any easier and if you want to make gains, it's not supposed to. If anything, it's only going to get harder from where you are now. -
So the next time you're training and performing a low skill movement (isolations typically) ask yourself if you stopped because you couldn't do any more or you stopped because you simply didn't want to endure a bit of hard work.
Believe in yourself, push your limits, experience life, conquer your goals and be happy.