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Repeated Effort Method Question


The repeated effort method states that maximum muscular tension and force occurs when the recruited muscles are in a fatigued state.

But in the final rep or two before failure, there are fewer motor units being recruited (or at least this was my understanding). So then how could maximum tension occur if fewer units are firing?

Additionally, how would max force occur if the type IIB units are not recruited (say, for example, with a load where failure occurs at 8 reps)?

Can someone clear this up?


There have been some pretty extensive discussions about this very topic here on the forums in the recent past.

Search for the article discussions of the "Fast to Big" and "Everything is about to change" threads.