High Intensity (1 set to failure) vs Multi Setting

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    Hi ash,

    What are your thoughts on High Intensity training (1 set to failure) vs multi setting for rugby?




    I do not think that one set to failure provides enough stimulus, both neural and time under tension to ensure a rugby player to get full benefit out of there training plan, although I do believe that you can make some good gains with it at certain times as a variation to training, as Louie say “everything works, but nothing works for ever” my first job in the fitness industry was an instructor at the Nautilus Fitness and Leisure Centre, in Crows Nest, Sydney, I trained exclusively using the principles, I got strong on the equipment but had some very bad shoulder injuries on the rugby field, that was from age 17 – 19,
    after starting weight training at 15 in the traditional powerlifting/bodybuilding model, I returned to that style after the Nautilus experience, adding Olympic movements as well,I would never go back to just one set, cheers, ash


    I agree completely with Ash, Volume can play a huge a part.


    I have seen a lot of sprinters try this – for two reasons … one they look at a 10 sec sprint and think a short all out one off burst in the gym will facilitate this and second because they are like all humans inclined to be a bit lazy!

    I have never seen this training producing any real long lasting gains – at a muscualr level the fundamental characteristics of weight lifted time time under tension consistently hold true and at the neural level you have to sufficiently boost hormone levels to make a lasting change – something that again requires enough training stimulus

    Old men are always opinionated so my opinion – the HIT philosophy in its 1 set to failure form is crock

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