Hey rob, do you go to failure each set? I always told to avoid going to failure.. But am willing to give it a try
I've had a lot of debates over this one lol
This is what i believe...
The stimulus needs to be of a sufficient magnitude to warrant an adaptive response. You literately need to threaten your own physiology, and in my opinion, performing 4,5,6 or even 10 sets to only a certain point with the same weight and for an arbitrary number of reps just doesn't cut the mustard! I've (and anyone i've ever trained) always found training to failure to be the most productive and efficient way to train.
Listen to how Mike Mentzer explain's it at the start of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIkyPzzts0s
When training to positive failure, and as you grow stronger, one MUST properly manage the stress (yes you can train to failure and manage stress), and one MUST regulated their volume and frequency accordingly, if you don't....your progress will come to a grinding halt.