failure is OK if you are new to lifting and your neural efficiency is low. The risk of damage is much lower in this case, assuming good form. However, the higher your neural efficiency and the stronger you are, the more stress you are putting on your spine. While the stronger muscles will normally do a great deal to protect your spine, when you are talking about failure you are talking about the muscles no longer coping with the load.[quote]eeu743 wrote:
I assume the OP is young and invinceable.
I’m not talking muscular back pain or even tears here… I’m talking about disc failure, ruptures, nerve damage, which NEVER heals and is irreversable and you many not ever walk the same again.
Sorry for the run on sentence, but the problem will be run on as well.
Don’t be a dope.
Well I am young, and there’s rumors superman may have knocked up my mother, but I don’t put all my faith in that and like to maintain a degree of safety.
No, I am not talking about squatting to failure as a method of training, and I think you’re misunderstanding what happened.
I was afraid that, if I ever failed at squatting, I would hurt myself like you’ve described. But what happened was the exact opposite; instead of forcing my spine to continue the lift or something stupid like that, I just dropped a little bit lower than I had been squatting before, by bending my knees, not my back, and put the weight down on the rack. Nothing was hurt or damaged, I never felt any stress on my back, because I did the smart thing and didn’t continue.
I’ve never “trained to failure,” and honestly I don’t want to any time soon. I aim for “just before failure,” and I just happened to overestimate my abilities on this particular day, and was unable to reach my goals.[/quote]