I am in my 30s and have been lifting on and off since about 16. I guess in terms of strength, I would be considered a intermediate. I have obtained decent gains when I eat right and focus on training. BUT I am one of those who has been training wrong for quite some time. My gains have pretty much stopped and I am trying to redo everything as a beginner.
My problem is with intensity. Before I trained every set to near failure. My final set I would usually go to total failure or post failure with forced reps. Now I am doing the whole 60%, 70%, 85%, 95% etc for X amount of reps. Of course when I finish a set, I always feel that I was "cheated" since I could have got 2,3,4 more reps. I have not been on the program long enough, but I was curious if there were others in my same situation your thoughts on it. I also do less total sets too which makes me feel cheated even more.
My primary goal is building muscle.