Ok #Hulk, you can put the 150 #dumbbell down now that you’ve proved to every girl in the #gym that you can *barely* pulse #curl a lot of #weight. Congrats? #Strength & size are two different things, but #lifting too heavy applies in both cases.
Have you ever seen someone in the gym squatting so heavy they can barely break parallel? Facepalm. Heavy lifting does equal more size but this only counts if you can maintain good form for at least 6 of those reps. Otherwise you’re risking injury & not doing much for strength/size either.
1. Use a challenging amount of weight where your muscles are under tension & your form is strict & controlled. Really concentrate on feeling the burn in the right places.
2. Lifting too heavy causes your body to utilize the wrong muscles just to get the weight up. By taking it down a few kg’s, you’ll be able to work the intended muscles without putting strain on the rest of your body.
3. Heavy Weight/Low Reps: this is a great technique for building strength & size but don’t get carried away with the heavy part. Heavy = challenging, not 75+ lbs out of your power range. As long as you can bust out 5-8 reps with solid form, keep doing what you’re doing!
Not-so-friendly reminder: no one cares how heavy you’re lifting. Don’t bust your back trying to show off to whoever’s around because chances are they’re focused on their own workout! Use those weights to improve, not impress.
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