Why Adding Weight to the Bar Is the Whole Damned Point
The whole point of weightlifting is to add mass. If you want to build muscle, then you need to train with heavy weights. But if you just want some extra size or strength, then it’s not necessary. You don’t have to spend hours every day lifting weights because doing so will make your muscles grow faster than they would without any exercise at all!
If you’re new to weightlifting, then I suggest you start out with bodyweight exercises like pushups and sit ups. These are easy enough that anyone can do them. Then once you’ve gotten comfortable with these simple movements, move onto heavier weights like dumbbell presses and squats. After a few weeks of doing this routine, you’ll begin adding some resistance to the movement using bands or chains to perform additional reps.
Eventually you’ll be able to perform sets of 10 or even 20 reps. At this point, you may decide that you’d rather focus on increasing your overall strength instead of simply building muscle.
At this point, it might seem like adding weight to the bar is pointless since there’s no way to increase your total amount of work done in a set time. However, there are other ways to improve your performance besides just increasing the number of repetitions performed in a set time. By using a weight that allows you to perform 4-6 repetitions in a set, you’re forcing your muscles to perform more work than they are used to. This stimulus will result in them growing bigger and stronger!
To maximize the number of reps you can perform, you’ll need to make sure that your form is correct. If it isn’t, then too much of the work will be done by smaller, weaker muscles which can’t move as much weight.
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