Let’s talk about failure.
No not muscle failure for hypertrophy but missing the lift. There’s two ways of thinking about this: Is it bad? Is it good?
Failure is the greatest teacher, right? So failing a lift can teach us some things? It depends, context is king here. If you failed the lift because you weren’t focused, you can learn that you need to be focused. If you failed the lift because you just weren’t strong enough for that 30lb jump, you can’t learn anything. However if you miss lifts a lot, your body will learn to miss lifts.
If you’re over stimulated you can learn to not get so amped. If you’re missing the lift because it’s a shitty bar, you can get a better bar. If you’re missing the lift because of ego and trying to do more than you can, then you can’t learn anything useful.
We don’t want to miss lifts in training, 1) it’s going to take you time to recover from missing the lift 2) you’re teaching your body bad patterns 3) now it’s in your head.
What do we do if we miss lifts in training? If you failed and know why you failed and know it can be corrected, hit the lift again ONLY IF YOU KNOW FOR SURE YOU CAN SMASH THE LIFT. If you don’t know why or aren’t confident you can absolutely nail the lift, move on for the day.
Now - this is going to be different if you’re raw or geared to some degree but the point remains we don’t want to fail lifts, but if we do we must learn from it. Don’t be that guy who is always missing a lift. This won’t help you on the platform and definitely wont help you long term.
For geared lifters who miss on a deadlift and it was because your straps were too tight throwing off your position, you can easily loosen the straps, but if you held and fought the bar for 7 seconds, do you really have energy for another attempt for the night?
Knowing why you failed is important, but knowing what you and your body can do is an entirely different story for geared lifters.
Whats YOUR experience with failing lifts? Do you do it often? What have you learned about missing a lift?