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Unformatted text preview: Becoming the Person You Know You Can Be Brett N. Steenbarger, Ph.D. www.brettsteenbarger.com Note: A version of this article appeared on the Trading Markets site the week of 10/3/05 . This is one of my shortest articles, and it may be one of my most important. In bodybuilding, there is a principle known as "train-to-failure" (TTF). The idea is that you lift that amount of weight that permits you at least ten repetitions, but continue the lifting to the point of failure: the point at which you can no longer sustain the repetitions. Such a heavy-duty program, as outlined by the late Michael Mentzer , is low force (to minimize injuries) and high intensity (drawing upon the body's full reserves). This program also contradicts usual practice, which has athletes lifting every day. Mentzer, a world class bodybuilder, found that a limited number of repetitions to failure were sufficient to stimulate muscle growth, as long as there was an adequate period of recovery following the training stimulus. When first espoused, the idea of doing a limited number of intense repetitions and then staying out of the gym during the recovery...
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