How to Lift More Weight: Easier Than You Think!
We have two goals why we go to the gym: To lose weight and to gain some muscle. But today, we are going to focus on how important muscle growth is. If you ever feel that no matter how hard you hit the gym, it’s like there are no changes in your muscle growth at all. This is the state where you enter a plateau, a condition where your body has reached into a halt in building up muscle. This happens because you may not be lifting enough weights.
You may be doing curl-ups, but you’re always grabbing that three-pound weights where you can easily carry that ten-pound one. The same happens to all other gym exercises that involve carrying dumbbells and weights. There’s a life saying that goes “If you can, then you must.” which can also be applied when you go to the gym. So how can we determine how much weight we can carry?
Things to Know When Lifting Weights
Let’s face reality; you’re not going to instantly have a body like David Hasselhoff or Bruce Lee in just one night. That’s an unrealistic approach when it comes to your gym goals. Bodybuilders spend lots, and I mean lots of time, money, and effort to mold that body and pump that muscle. That’s why you should treat lifting heavier weights as a challenge to motivate yourself. It’s going to be a hard path to take, but the end results will be worth it. Let’s follow these key points down below.
Great things start from small beginnings
First thing to do is determining the weight by the workout you’ve been doing. For example, if you’re able to carry a ten-pounder normally, then crank it down a bit and start with a five-pounder. If you feel that the current weights you’re holding on aren’t challenging at all, then time to up the amp and gradually increase as you go on. This way, it should be easy for you to carry much larger weights as time goes by.
Increase weights if needed
Then comes a question, “when is the time to increase the weights you can carry?” One thing to determine this is by observing the speed of how you carry these weights and how your body feels after doing an ample amount of sets. If the last two reps you’ve been doing feels easy and less challenging, then time to break beyond your limits and carry heavier ones.
Determine how much weight you should add
When we say time to up the amp, it doesn’t mean increasing weights in huge numbers. If you do, then you’re preparing yourself a recipe for disaster. As said in tip number one, you will gradually improve as you go on. Try baby steps and always keep balance in mind. Lastly, listen to your body and know its limits. It’s an effective way to motivate yourself to lift heavier weights in time.