Article written by: Nick Diruscio
If you’ve ever tried to pursue bodybuilding on a serious level, odds are good that you’ve hit a point where you’ve lifted until failure. You know that last rep that you just can’t finish no matter how hard you try. That’s your body feeling fatigued, and it’s a good sign you’ve had a decent workout. Unfortunately, it’s also a sign you’re going to need to recoup. Over time, learning when you’ll hit that point of failure is important. Here are some of the reasons why.
Fatigue and Muscle Building
Fatigue is actually a great thing for your muscles, but you shouldn’t push them past the point of failure every time you sit down to work out. If you continue to do so, your central nervous system will suffer from extreme fatigue. These workouts feel extra draining, like your whole body might collapse. After a few weeks of this regiment, you’ll be so fatigued that you won’t want to exercise. That’s bad, and it’s the fastest method to halt whatever progress you’re already seeing.
The other issue is that a workout doesn’t consist of just one move. You’ll need several protocols to follow depending on which parts of the body you want to target for gains. Every session should include more than one workout, so you might tire out prematurely.
The best course of action is for you to push your body towards those last one or two reps. You’ll have the intensity required to build muscle, without completely draining yourself of all physical energy. Plus, it will take less time between routines to recuperate.