HOW HEAVY SHOULD YOU BE LIFTING?
“How heavy should you be lifting? Like…really?”
Silly question right? You are likely to of heard one of these following sayings:
GO HARD OR GO HOME!
TRAIN INSANE OR REMAIN THE SAME!
AVERAGE EFFORT = AVERAGE RESULTS!
DO IT WITH PASSION OR NOT AT ALL!
HUSTLE BEATS TALENT WHEN TALENT DOESN’T HUSTLE!
ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, GO TO THE GYM!
WORK HARDER THAN YESTERDAY!
NEVER DECREASE THE GOAL, INCREASE THE EFFORT!
NOTHING WORTH HAVING COMES EASY!
THE BEST PROJECT YOU’LL EVER WORK ON IS YOU!
SUCCESS IS NO ACCIDENT!
SWEAT IS FAT CRYING!
Get the picture? This kind of inspiration / motivation can help get people to lift more BUT what if lifting more than what you’re already lifting wouldn’t help you progress in the long term? What if more doesn’t mean better? It may sound silly but if you continually keep lifting heavier and heavier eventually it’ll be too much for your body.
It took me a little while to figure this out. Maxing out at least once or twice every week on top of not addressing my poor movement patterns, lead me to receive injury after injury until I educated myself on better movement and proper weightlifting technique / programming / recovery.
The following article I’ve written to help give you a bit of perspective on things to take into consideration. As always I’ve tried to write this to target as many people as possible so if you would like help with your situation specifically contact me here!
Before we head into the consideration points if you’re reading this & you don’t lift weights or do any kind of resistance training…you should be! That’s right, I don’t know who you are and what your goal is but chances are lifting weights/resistance training will benefit your goal. Young, old, male, female, healthy, unhealthy, disabled, desk worker, injured, blah blah blah! You name it, it would likely benefit you! If you don’t think it will, you simply need to find the right amount/type to benefit you. If you’re unsure CONTACT ME ;)
What to take into consideration when lifting.
The goal, no matter what, is ALWAYS the first thing to consider when training. Different goals = different training styles & different nutrition adaptation, but I won’t get into nutrition this blog post.
A great example of training being different for the goal is Bodybuilders and Powerlifters alike can have a similar goal of getting bigger and stronger, but they would both train slightly differently depending on how far out they are from their competitions. That’s not to say they have no transfer at all, but it depends on how nitty gritty you want to get.
Bodybuilders benefit greatly from having a lighter weight but focusing on the mind-muscle connection, isola