Why do you say we should go to failure in certain sets when you always emphasize intensity?
Ill always harp on intensity because, vertical leap, the vertical leap is a movement of intensity. Its an explosive moment. So moving slowly is to benefit you especially if that is your main mode of training.
So let us just, let's say typically you should be moving explosively, reversing directions as rapidly as possible and you should be activating this many mass fibers as you can by using a decent amount of overload and you should also be training fast tractions with plyometrics expose moves.
So why would we have any failure sets in there? What are the few reasons?
One, as long as your training to failure isnt what you're doing, isn't the main mode of your workout, there can be some benefit to it and especially for beginners because beginners come in and they have a low anaerobic endurance. And aerobic endurance isnt what we're trying to build up with the vertical leap; we're trying to build up explosiveness.
However, having a foundation of muscular endurance will allow you to train better, train your strength better. So it will just give you the capacity to do more explosive movements.
A lot of people get jump manual those failure sets will help them to build a foundation of muscularity, muscle mass.
As well, there are benefits. For example, the blood flow that comes in the muscles during set that would go to fatigue or failure. Its good for your recovery and so if you wanna keep those sets at the end because we dont want to interfere, we don't want that fatigue to interfere with the explosive movements that we do for the main portion of our workout.
So there are some benefits to doing the failure sets at the end and one is building foundation, anaerobic endurance and muscularity. Two is the blood flow which can help in recovery and muscle building and there is some research that have shown that building your anaerobic endurance will also increase your anaerobic power thresholds.
Lastly, let me say that as motor units fail other modern units are recruiting. So training to failure may help you increase the strength of fibers that may not be recruited in the same way. So the recruitment pattern is going to be different and can help you build strength in a different way.
However, again you shouldn't be training to failure all the time and intensity and explosiveness should be the main mode of your training. And that is what is gonna get you the results. And for advanced lifters sometimes I take out their training to failure, why we reduce it. I still believe there's a benefit to the recovery and the prevention and the blood flow.