Governor Arnold in his first mainstream movie "Stay Hungry" said, "You must burn to grow!" Is this bodybuilding bravado or
is there truth to what he said? Australian scientists found that training to repetition failure (four sets of six
repetitions) - caused greater increases in bench press strength and power than non-failure training (eight sets of three
reps) in elite junior team sport athletes.
Subjects in the repetition failure group received assistance from a spotter to complete each set (magic fingers). Improvements in strength and power were 25 to 35 percent greater in the failure group during the six-week study. The subjects used in this study were good athletes, but not highly experienced strength trainers, so the results may not apply to serious bodybuilders or power athletes.