When To Push Beyond Muscular Failure?

Hi Paul,

I am planning to follow your Superhero Muscle routine/program starting next week and see you say to take all sets to muscular failure. First, I presume this means when you can’t do another full rep with good form, is this correct?

My main question is when and if you have time, why, do you go past this with intensification techniques etc?

Recently I’ve been enjoying using rest pauses and partials with my upper body lifts and am wondering when is best to use them.


When to go past failure is really related, IMO, to training experience. The more advanced you become the more likely it is you’ll need more sets like that. Until that point simply going to failure, or form failure (1-2 RIR on the big lifts with axial loading) is going to be just fine.

Thank you.