Lifting Lighter, Not Heavier, Weights Can Be Just as Effective

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    Aug 04, 2016 4:13 AM GMT
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    NYT: In a study, participants’ muscles got bigger and stronger whether they lifted heavy or light weights — as long as they lifted until they were tired.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/lifting-lighter-weights-can-be-just-as-effective-as-heavy-ones/?
  • leanandclean

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    Aug 04, 2016 12:21 PM GMT
    I will lift light with less rest, it is easier on the joints
  • Brandon_Dale

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    Aug 05, 2016 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm a huge believer in this. It allows for better technique, as well as working more muscle groups. It can be hard on joints but I have supplements for that. It also has less chance for injury, becuase you not overloading you muscles to quickly. And, ideally, it will build you muscles with more stamina then the old, lift as much weight as you can then rest a day.
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    Aug 06, 2016 2:04 AM GMT
    DING DING DING DING! After a severe bought with tendonitis in both elbows, I was forced to go VERY light. My DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) told me "if you can't do at least 15 reps, don't do it!" And I have followed his orders to the T. And you know what? I've gotten more muscular as a result! I'm getting more compliments on my body than I ever have. So I've decided to keep this up. Why lift heavy if there's no benefit?
  • JohnLan

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    Aug 30, 2016 4:36 AM GMT
    Interesting article. It makes sense that whether the weight is light or heavy you can still make progress just as long as it's challenging.
  • JackNNJ

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    Aug 30, 2016 5:16 AM GMT
    So how's it working for you?
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Sep 04, 2016 8:44 AM GMT
    Actually, a combination approach of both heavy lifting to stimulation the fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and strength and lighter lifting with more reps to stimulate the slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance is the best way to stimulate the most muscle growth and strength gains.

  • whytehot

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    Sep 08, 2016 3:30 AM GMT
    I didn't need a study or doctor to tell me this. Just do super-sets. Use progressively-smaller weights during the same set so that you can quickly get to fatigue and use that last bit of strength on a weight you can actually lift.