The term failure often denotes a negative connotation more closely associated with defeat. In the world of bodybuilding, this thought process couldn’t be further from the truth and failure is something most try to experience at least a few times a day. In fact, this bodybuilding oxymoron (achieving failure) should be the basis for your weight training program. Max-OT training, in which you strive to achieve muscle failure at around the 4-6 rep range, is based on this idea and is your quintessential training methodology for reaching true failure; an achievement some have difficulty attaining.
Failure not only exists as a means to build muscle but also as an avenue for increasing intensity. Think about all the times you failed on attempting a max lift. That disappointment only served as fuel to add to the already fierce fire burning deep in your gut to be dominant and stronger than everyone else around you. That failure created a mindset determined never to experience that feeling again, and you did whatever you had to do to be successful and eventually you were.
Many times bodybuilding competitors go into a contest feeling confident that they did everything they had to do to win; only to walk away with the second place trophy at best. A year later that same competitor shows up, 15 pounds heavier and in the best shape of his life. The experience of failing at achieving the one goal they had worked towards for months and maybe years turned into a love affair with being bigger and better next time around proving to everyone they were worthy of first place accolades.
When you start out, gains come quickly. Just the fact that you are moving some weight around is enough to stimulate new muscle growth. Your diet doesn’t even seem to matter at first, and you keep going hard in the gym without even giving that component a second thought. Then gains come to a grinding halt, and you can’t figure out why. The answer was that failing to pay attention to your diet ultimately put you in this position and you quickly learned from your mistakes and once fixed the gains came rolling in once again.
As with any true bodybuilder, you have an overwhelming urge to get in the gym and go as hard as you can as soon as you can. This approach is flawed in that many times failing to warm up correctly can result in injury and time away from the gym. You learned from this experience and never again failed to correctly warm up the muscle groups you’re training that day.
You can work as hard as you possibly can in the gym each day you enter it, and you can utilize the best diets designed to help you progress. But failing to make use of one extremely important component of training (supplementation) will only hold you back from realizing your full potential. If you think you don’t need to use supplements, then prepare yourself for some degree of failure, and hopefully, this will teach you the benefits of supplementing accordingly to meet your goals.
You see, failing in bodybuilding and training, in general, serves a very important purpose. Each failure is a learning experience, and the strong at heart and mind will use these failures in their new formula for success. If you are weak and fail, then you will go away and be left wondering “what if?” Failing should never be an issue, as what is most important is what you do next. Never allow failure to defeat you, take what you’ve learned from your failures in the gym and apply that to everything else.
Life is just like a set, full of ups and downs; it’s what you do in between that count the most.