Science Looks at Bodyweight as a Factor in Lifting Weight

Science Looks At Bodyweight as a Factor in Lifting Weight

Lifting weights is one of the most effective ways to build muscle mass, lose fat and improve your overall health. However, it’s not always easy to get motivated enough to go through with it.

In fact, some people might even think that they’re wasting their time doing so.

But what if there was another way? What if instead of going out and buying expensive gym equipment or spending hours upon hours in the gym, you could just use your own bodyweight to increase your strength?

Well, according to science, you probably shouldn’t. And while it may seem like magic at first glance, it actually isn’t too far off from how things work naturally.

The main reason why it doesn’t work is because our bodies are designed to move around using muscles rather than bones. When we do something that requires us to use our muscles, those muscles have to be bigger and stronger than when we started.

If you were able to add extra size and strength into your legs, then your arms would obviously follow suit. You’d end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger!

But what happens if you take away all the weight?

Well, the total amount of force your muscles can produce is going to decrease. It doesn’t matter if you’re still using your own natural strength or gravity; you aren’t going to be able to lift more than when you started.

Try it for yourself: go stand on the bathroom scale and then jump up and down as fast as you can.

Did the needle move at all? No?

That’s because all of that movement came from the muscles in your legs, not the skeleton.

That’s why it doesn’t matter how heavy the bar gets or how much lighter you get. If you’re trying to bench press 300lbs, then you need your muscles and bones to work together to achieve it.

Maybe you won’t be able to lift quite that much, but if you’re only weighing 150lbs then you should at least be able to bench half of your own body weight. You’re only lifting 50lbs of iron and wood, after all!

The main problem with this theory is that it doesn’t take into account that all of our bodies are different. The size and shape of them are going to be different which means that the amount of force that can be produced is going to be different as well.

You might be strong for your size but compared to the next guy, you aren’t going to be able to lift as much.

The truth is that training regularly will increase your total amount of force that can be produced. Even if you’re not lifting heavy weights, by training often you’ll still see an increase in strength over time.

If you find that you’re not getting stronger, then it’s time to change things up a bit.

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But while you might not be able to out-bench press someone that’s much bigger than you, you can still get yourself in great shape. Just remember that it’s going to take a lot of time and effort if you want the results to stay.

So does weight matter?

Not really. But if you want to look like a superhero, then you’re going to have to put in the hours at the gym!

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Ben is a Web Developer who has worked on numerous medical and health related websites. He has experience in medical coding and loves to write about health topics and explore ways that technology can improve the industry.

He spends his free time working on independent game development and watching animations.

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