If you’ve been lifting for any time at all, chances are you are pushing yourself to try to get better, stronger, and yep, push more weight. This is good, but can be bad. I am all for pushing yourself to increase your lifts, heck I am constantly doing it and I want to tell you the right way to do it, but first I want to explain what to be careful of. You can find me talking about this more at Bones to Bulk.
For starters in the gym I see it often, people trying to lift more weight than they should. How do I know? Because I see what their form looks like, they are not helping their muscle growth.
Lifting heavier weights that you should be not only opens yourself up to injury, but fails to target the intended muscle group and so fails to deliver the gains you want.
So what do you do then? You go slow and change things up. Whatever exercise you are trying to increase your weight in make small changes each week. For instance, one week do higher reps and lower weight, but do as many reps as you can (if you are hitting 20 or more reps increase the weight). Continue this for 2 more sets.
Then in week 2 decrease the amount of reps and increase the weight. Continue doing this, then after several weeks start over again. This will increase the amount you are able to lift and you will notice it after you start back over.
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