D. Parrot, I am on Day 31 today and I am starting to get bored. This is unlike me as I did 11 rounds of X, X+, and X2 and I hardly missed any days (mostly due to traveling, illness, and camping). Monday, I substituted plyo X for plyo XT because I think it’s a better workout. Yesterday, I did Ripped for the first time and wasn’t very impressed. Seems like Force, but with a different tempo and order. I think the boredom reflects the quality of TapouT as a program, and also you seem to agree with me based on the feathers. Today I have Muay Thai. It’s just “meh.” Barely an upgrade from Ken po X. What do you do to cure boredom? Turn off the sound and crank up the tunes? Switch programs mid-flight??
5. Exercisers could enhance their own performance by about 15% if they listen to music whilst walking out. This may be one of the most interesting facts about exercise. It is shown that those treadmill walkers feel 15% more energetic and less eager to stop the exercise routine if doing it with music than those who do not. By listening to music , you are following an effective dissociation strategy, decreasing perception of fatigue and effort by 12 %. Dancing will make moving in time with music into less of a chore and more of a party. Sometimes, dancing is the best exercise.
Weight training to failure
Is is absolutely necessary to train to muscular failure to build maximum muscle mass? If you would have asked me this 10 years ago and I would have said yes.
However, I've come to realize that using heavy weight and taking your exercise to complete muscular failure is but one of many ways to increase intensity levels. Mind you, it's a very effective way but only one of the ways.
Today, I tend to think that in order to build muscle, you need to improve upon your routine and exercises with each passing workout, day after day, week after week and month after month.
That is, you need to either use more weight that you did last workout for your working set, using the same reps, and rest times. Or, you do more repetitions using the same weight than you did last workout on your work set, using the same rest periods. Or, do the whole workout in less time.
By improving your weight training sessions with each workout, you increase the intensity of each session therefore creating a better environment for muscle growth. However, going to failure on your last set is very effective for muscle growth, but, it is only effective as long as you are improving.
For example, let's say I used 225 pounds last workout for 8 repetitions and I went to failure on the 8th repetition. Now, let's say this workout, I did 8 unassisted repetitions and hit muscular failure on the 9th repetition. I've improved from this workout to the last. You need to keep improving with each workout in order to build muscle mass.