Training intensity question

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    Feb 22, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I have a question. I stop doing reps when I can no longer do the exercise at normal speed. In other words, my last rep is the one I can do with perfect form but at a slower speed because my muscle is fatiguing. I was wondering, is this a good intensity to shoot for? What do you guys do? Do you stop once you can't do the rep at normal speed? Or do you push further? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
  • davfit

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    Feb 24, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    You are doing it right just increase weight as you get stronger... pushing it .. just leads to hurting yourself
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    Feb 25, 2015 5:19 PM GMT
    donj499 saidHey guys,

    I have a question. I stop doing reps when I can no longer do the exercise at normal speed. In other words, my last rep is the one I can do with perfect form but at a slower speed because my muscle is fatiguing. I was wondering, is this a good intensity to shoot for? What do you guys do? Do you stop once you can't do the rep at normal speed? Or do you push further? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!



    What are your fitness goals and what are you trying to accomplish?

    Then someone can better answer the question
  • oldfart

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    Mar 16, 2015 1:35 PM GMT
    That slow last rep focuses on the slow-twitch fibers of muscle tissue - a more complete set of reps. I then drop the weight ~10-15% for a burnout set, till I can't move it.
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    Mar 28, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    donj499 saidHey guys,

    I have a question. I stop doing reps when I can no longer do the exercise at normal speed. In other words, my last rep is the one I can do with perfect form but at a slower speed because my muscle is fatiguing. I was wondering, is this a good intensity to shoot for? What do you guys do? Do you stop once you can't do the rep at normal speed? Or do you push further? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!



    Reads like you are using a lifting technique recommended by Chad Waterbury in his books and online programs. Lift with speed, lower under control, terminate the set when speed begins to slow. (The last part is also described as "leaving two reps in the hole".) He and other trainers have written about it is good for size and strength due to motor unit recruitment.

    I've used the same technique in various types of programs - straight sets, circuits, total-rep - and it has pretty much become by standard method for lifting weights. It's no better than any other way, but it works for me. The technique allows me to workout with great intensity, and I've always seen progression.

    Everyone's confidence level is different, so you can push further if you're comfortable. Though you'll probably learn the advice to terminate when speed slows is practical. I have noticed after that point, form begins to break down.