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Going to Failure

By: Justin Emmons

There are a lot of new people here, and while discussing the training with a newer client yesterday I came to realize that maybe we aren’t very clear on what it means to go to failure on a lift.  In many of our lifting cycles they are designed to push you to your limit.  Many times in the lifting that we do, the goal is to push hard enough to get to actual failure.  This means that you physically can not do one more rep.  For example, on a back squat, if you are truly pushing to failure, you can squat the weight down, but you can not get back up, this requires you to dump the bar off of your back.  If you are uncomfortable with this, we can teach you how to do it.  Many times the best results come within the last couple of reps before failure, but you don’t truly know where that is until you actually fail.  I’m not saying that you guys aren’t pushing hard, because most of you are, all I am trying to convey is, if you want to expedite your results the design is set up in many of our programs for you to push it until you physically can’t.  This will get you to where you want to go faster.  

Dealing with failure is a good thing.  It happens all the time in life.  It’s how you react to failure that is the key to success, and if you never fail, you’ll never know truly what you could’ve done.


6-18-13 WOD


To be discussed in class

Met Con:

Pull Ups x 10 

Power Clean and Jerks x 10 (unbroken weight) 

Rowing x 500m 

4 rounds for time