What Does It Mean to Go “To Fatigue” in Exercise? Reader Question

What does it mean to go to fatigue?

That’s a recent question- and commonly misunderstood term – from our Flipping 50 community. So I pulled this one to respond to in the first of this short series of Q and A’s where I just address a question from you!

So if you’ve got a question about getting to fatigue, getting to sleep, or getting to your optimal energy that I can answer, please share it with me. 

In this brief episode I answer what “to fatigue” means and how you benefit or what you miss if you don’t reach fatigue. 

Lifting weights without reaching fatigue will fail you in the worst way. Without adequate stimulus the muscle doesn’t respond in a positive way by getting stronger or gaining endurance. You won’t recruit more fibers to create the improvements you’re looking for. 

To fatigue shouldn’t be confused with exhausting exercise or simply being tired at the end of a workout. It refers to the need for muscular fatigue at the end of each set. Once you’ve had an adequate rest period – usually 1-3 minutes you should be fine, in fact you don’t have to be sore to  know you had a good exercise session. You do however, need to struggle to do one more repetition with good form at the end of each set. 

After 50 this is more crucial than before. Mistakenly, many people- trainers included – will back off and do too light a weight to reach fatigue. 

You can get to fatigue with more reps of a light weight or fewer reps of a heavy weight. Just find it!

Then refuel with adequate protein (like a shake made with Flipping 50 protein). You want about 30 grams 1-2 hours after a challenging workout. 

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