muscle to failure, even with a lighter weight

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Read a study the other day that took two study groups. One did 3-sets to failure at 80% max. The other group did 3-sets to failure at 30% max. At the end of the study, both groups gained on average the same amount of muscle. I am assuming this tells you that lifting heavy does not always amount to more added muscle, that the key is taking the muscle to failure, even with a lighter weight.

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The conventional wisdom is that heavy/low reps is better for strength improvements, while more reps at a lighter weight is better for hypertrophy/muscle growth. That’s been my personal experience, as well. In both cases, working to “one left in the tank” is key.

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Yup! Progressive Overload can be heavier weights and fewer reps OR lighter weights and more reps…they both put stress on the muscle and it’s that stress that’s gonna add muscle, assuming you’re eating right during the muscle repair period

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Wouldn’t that depend on what type of muscle fibres you are trying to improve ? Fast twitch or slow twitch ?

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Old school method was always Heavy but I find lighter and to failure works better

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