I get it, personal trainers get the job done when we can’t. I mean, when I do five push ups and break out into a tiny line of sweat I think, “Hey, this is good, I can’t stop now.” With a personal trainer, however, things take a more intense turn and well, admittedly, my body changes too.
One thing personal trainers are known for is that, “One more rep!” philosophy. It happens when our arms and legs are literally shaking and the trainer asks us to push ourselves to one more, “Just one more.”
You see, they do this for two very important reasons. First off, they know we’re too tired to commit murder by then, so we can’t harm them. Secondly, it’s because that last rep really does make so much difference.
Personal trainer Holly Ringer spoke to Elite Daily to talk about this idea. She said that training to failure “may mean different things to different trainers: For [her], leaving a class or workout completely exhausted and tank on empty is what it's all about.”
“It's the one hour that I set aside for myself every single day, so I'm going to give it my all,” Ringer explains. “It's the small victories that add up to big change. It's that last rep, that last sprint, that last part of yourself you give when you think there's nothing left that foster change.”
And yet, it’s still important to check in with your body and see if it can handle another rep. There’s a difference between believing you can’t and actually not being able to handle another set. It’s important to listen to any “signals” your body could be sending you.
This warning isn’t coming from a lazy writer but from researchers at the Eastern Illinois University. It was found that training to failure “can be effective,” however, it shouldn’t be repeated every day. “Going all out all the time could lead to potentially debilitating injuries."
That’s why recovery is so important when you are performing high-intensity workouts. It’s also why personal trainers insist on variety. It’s why they will recommend yoga for instance when you are running long routes on some days of the week.
When doing the training to failure technique, you should be aware of how your body is feeling. There is a difference between “I can’t” and “I really shouldn’t.” Pushing yourself when the latter is the case could lead to unnecessary injuries.
You are pushing your body to the limit here. You may curse and ask yourself why the hell you even came to the gym this morning but at the end of the day, you will see results. This technique will do this for you.