I’m doing Extreme HIT again and I have a question on choosing the right weights and avoiding failure. What I’ve noticed is as I fatigue during the workout, the later sets are obviously harder. But if I can’t get the last full 30 seconds does that mean I went to failure? If I try my hardest to get 30 but only get 20 seconds is that failure? Or should we try to always get the last full 30 seconds? For me, if I can barely get 10 reps in the middle there is a decent chance I won’t be able to get the second full 30 seconds. Or maybe a better question is should we have a couple reps left in the tank during the middle 10 reps?
For instance. I can probably barbell curl 75-80 pounds for 10 reps. Although at the end of the first workout I couldn’t even get the full 30-10-30 with the 45 pound bar.
I hope that all makes sense.