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Does Training to Failure Maximize Muscle Hypertrophy?

Schoenfeld, Brad, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA*,1; Grgic, Jozo, MS2

doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000473
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It has been proposed that training to failure is a necessary strategy to maximize muscle growth. This paper 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, NY, USA

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

Corresponding author: Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, Bronx, NY, USA Email:

Brad Jon Schoenfeld is an Assistant Professor in Exercise Science and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, New York.

Jozo Grgic is a PhD student at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

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