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Does Training to Failure Maximize Muscle Hypertrophy?

Schoenfeld, Brad Jon PhD, CSCS, FNSCA1; Grgic, Jozo MS2

Section Editor(s): Schoenfeld, Brad Jon PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 108–113
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000473
Columns: Evidence-Based Personal Training
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ABSTRACT IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT TRAINING TO FAILURE IS A NECESSARY STRATEGY TO MAXIMIZE MUSCLE GROWTH. THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THE RESEARCH BEHIND THESE CLAIMS AND ATTEMPTS TO DRAW EVIDENCE-BASED CONCLUSIONS AS TO THE PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR HYPERTROPHY TRAINING.

1Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, Bronx, New York; and

2Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Address correspondence to Brad Jon Schoenfeld, brad@workout911.com.

Conflicts of interest and source of funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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The Evidence-Based Personal Training column provides practical application of research topics specific to enhancing results for personal trainers.

COLUMN EDITOR: Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT

Brad Jon Schoenfeldis an assistant professor in Exercise Science and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at CUNY Lehman College.

Jozo Grgicis a PhD student at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University.

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