MAX SETS & WORKING TO FAILURE
Updated: Mar 17, 2019
“Definition of a really good workout: when you hate doing it, but you love finishing it”
Yesterday Alice posted about when it’s better to go slow and work on time under tension. Today I am going to talk about the opposite!
My favourite...When to go & keep going!!
We love programming sessions and working our clients towards their goals. Sometimes this involves a ‘work to failure’ or ‘max effort’ session. These are and always have been a favourite of ours. We feel it really shows the individual’s true character and willingness to suffer and push through when it gets hard. These sessions usually have a ‘Target’. A meterage, time or number of rounds we feel are adequate for individuals. This figure varies due to factors like ability, age and sex. Some people will work to this figure or slightly above until it’s uncomfortable, then pull out and walk away happy they got close or hit the ‘Target’ They don’t get any fitter or build any type of resilience. They generally gain nothing apart from burning a few calories and getting a sweat on.
The other set of people work to ACTUAL failure. Maybe they don’t get near the target, maybe they get way past it. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is working to your own point of failure. This group of people generally walk away, plotting how they will do better next time. Most importantly they LEARN something about themselves, they learn how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and recognise what that feels like. Their point of discomfort gets further and further away as does their point of failure.
They get fitter.
Which one are you?