Training to Failure

There is a common thought among most people that the “harder” a workout is, the better is. Often, people consider it a good workout only if:

  • They sweat through their shirt
  • They come close to throwing up
  • They are so sore they can’t move
  • Their Apple Watch tells them they burned a bunch of calories

Truth is, that stuff doesn’t really matter much.

Since day one, I’ve been fighting an uphill battle with my athletes (whether they know it or not), that training to complete failure every session is NOT the best approach. Any jack wagon off the street can write you a workout plan that will make you throw up. It’s easy.

What’s not easy is creating a workout program that will actually make you BETTER. One that will make you stronger, leaner, and healthier over time. One that will teach you proper technique and emphasize progressive overload. One that will keep you coming back for more.

Every session you have with me will not leave you completely wrecked, nor should it. My workouts are hard, sure, but not life threatening. Because tired DOES NOT equal better.


I do think there is still a place for pushing limits. A place for testing what you’re made of, both physically and mentally. My athletes know I refer to this as “The Dark Place”.

We don’t go there often, but when we do, it’s rough.