5 Reasons Why You Should Lift Heavy (Video)

Powerlifter with strong arms preparing to lift a heavy dumbbell

Exercising physically is the only way we build muscles. It’s a wear and tear mechanism that gives muscles their growth. Exercises affect people differently and there are numerous programs that body builders adapt to depending on different factors. Lifting weights is the prime example of wearing muscles to make them stronger and bigger. People train lightly for more repetitions and others do heavy lifting for reasons that are enumerated by the following video.

Knowing how heavy you should lift to see the best muscle building results is a question that needs answering. In this video, ATHLEAN-X™ show you the top five reasons why you need to lift heavy weights in order to build muscle fast.

To start, I think it’s important to define what heavy truly is. I believe that heavy weights are those that cause you to fail in the 3 to 8 rep range. I say that knowing that most people don’t ever truly fail with weights since they quit the minute they feel discomfort or burning in their muscles during the lift. A well executed heavy set would likely cause you to fail in the 5 to 10 rep range. That said, the best way to build muscle is to workout with heavy weights within these rep ranges, but not all the time. When you train heavy, you have to be sure that you allow enough time for recovery between workouts. There is no best weight to lift if you constantly find yourself under recovered every time you hit the gym. The weight you lift becomes irrelevant. So you’ll want to be sure that you recuperate between heavy workouts.

During your heavy workouts however you want to concentrate on overload. There is an old saying that says, if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you. In order to build muscle fast you have to be willing to challenge your muscles. Heavy weight lifting is one of the absolute best ways to do this. Beyond that, lifting heavier weights allows you to expose muscle imbalances between your right and left sides and more importantly, lets you correct them. Just like a car that is out of alignment, you truly don’t see the problem until you start to drive fast. Same thing applies in your gym workouts. Until you start lifting heavier you won’t see the imbalances. As long as you are lifting under control, you will see the compensations and have an opportunity to fix them. Lastly, doing workouts with heavy weights allows you to break through training plateaus by using what we call touch-up sets. These brief bouts of heftier loads allows you to bring up your lower end lifting weights. Once you feel how much more effort is needed to lift 20 or 30 more pounds, when you drop back down the original weights feel much much lighter.


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