Increasing the weight challenges

  • TheBizMan

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    Jun 08, 2012 9:44 AM GMT
    Sometimes I feel like a reach a block. I wanna up the weight because I know I should be lifting heavy, but adding on those extra 5 pounds for dumbell chest presses, or bicep curls can seem like lifting a baby elephant sometimes. Seeing as how important form is for an adequate workout I drop the weight back down so that I'm not wobbling all over the place.

    When should I be upping weight?
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    Jun 08, 2012 10:58 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidSometimes I feel like a reach a block. I wanna up the weight because I know I should be lifting heavy, but adding on those extra 5 pounds for dumbell chest presses, or bicep curls can seem like lifting a baby elephant sometimes. Seeing as how important form is for an adequate workout I drop the weight back down so that I'm not wobbling all over the place.

    When should I be upping weight?


    when was the last time you took a break.from lifting? I take a full week break every 8-12 weeks (based on feel, need, etc.) to break plateaus. You complety rest your muscles, and you come back.feeling refreshed. Furst week back, Ibwarm up.for a bit, and usually end up lifting more than I did prior ro.takong a break.
  • chi_rock

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    Jun 08, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    Everyone's different. When I take a break, it's never good. I get stronger with sustained efforts over long periods of time.

    When you're having a good day, that is the time to capitalize and try to push over a plateau.
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    Jun 08, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    i've been doing linear progression workouts every six months or so with really good results. i'll take about four weeks and focus on four lifts adding weight each time i do the lift. at the same time, i increase my food intake to give my body more fuel to build muscle. the closest i've found on the web is this: http://whole9life.com/the-603-ptp/

    The short, easy version is to just do the following three lifts three or four days a week for four weeks with increased food in take: strict press, back squat and deadlift. you can add in bench press if you'd like. i do a good solid warm up for each lift and then three sets of five as heavy as i can manage. then each time i add 5-10lbs. if i can't get the three sets of five on a certain day, i'll hold at that weight the next time. if i still can't get it, i skip it one time and then go back at it. it's worked really well for me.
  • Latenight30

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    Jun 08, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    Rest is the key.
    I am now up 10lbs from a month ago in bench after talking a few weeks off.
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    Jun 09, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidWhen should I be upping weight?
    When it feels like you're lifting feathers.