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Some other positives in addition to better strength gains:
- Less frequent immune system weakening from continuous 100% max effort sessions.
- Better able to focus on technique when you are not at 100% effort all the time
- Fuller recovery between sessions, especially for older people who do not recover as fast
Renato Canova, one of the most successful distance running coaches (I almost said couches :-) of all time, advises his athletes to always finish feeling like they want to do more. So despite this blog being called "DeathByWorkout", I want to emphasize that is just a name, and not a recommendation. I could have a blog called "DoWhatYourCoachTellsYou", but that is not as catchy. Or how about "WorkoutUsingYourBrain"?
As always there are some exceptions:
- Younger people (who recover faster) might be able to have more max effort sessions
- People that want to work on their endurance and are using lighter loads
On another topic, I heard a neat tip on a podcast interview with Travis Mash, for those trying to improve their front squats. He recommends front squats with a five second or so hold at bottom, and a ten second or so hold at top (in front rack position). Try and let me know how that goes! For more info, please see http://www.mashelite.com/life-changing-front-squat-routine-just-ask-eze/