So you’re into your training program and everyone around you is bicep curling 60 kg and you’re stuck on 20’s. With all the testosterone lingering in the air, your pride hanging in the balance and your ego knocking at the door, the only logical thing to do is to attempt to match their weight right?
If what your looking for is an injury, a decrease in performance and some time off the gym trying to recover, then yes, lifting more that you are able to would be a good idea. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you I suggest you stick with a weight you can lift comfortably and correctly.
Technique is very important when dealing with weights, there is a fine between success, and walking around in a sling due to injury. Those of you who have suffered from a weight training related injury, you know what a set back it can cause to your regular routine and the frustration is brings.
Lifting the appropriate weight for your ability is important, besides risking injury by lifting a weight thats too heavy for you you end up using incorrect form and reducing your time under tension- this is because you would be forced to momentum cheat by lifting the weight far too quickly.
If you’ve ever seen those guys at the gym swinging those heavy weights around at a really fast pace and making really loud grunting noises, this is what I’m talking about. If you think about it, the more time your muscle takes to lift the weight the more work your muscle is actually doing, which is the aim.
So lifting a weight that is too heavy for you may temporarily impress the girl walking on the treadmill that knows nothing about weight lifting, but if you are really looking for injury free results, then slow and steady wins the race.
There is no rush to becoming the face of fitness you’ve always wanted, so take your time and lift the appropriate weight.
Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.