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/?
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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?
  • 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.
  • stratavos

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    Feb 10, 2017 3:03 PM GMT
    it's more about proper form than anything.
  • Triggerman

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    Feb 18, 2017 2:05 AM GMT
    glad to see posters talking about form. That has always been my religion. You short yourself if form is bad because you are using momentum or other muscles to help you do that exercise. Example: Military press... shoulder exercise. But guys squat slightly and push with legs to do a military press. Or a tricep kick back when they take the weight forward of straight down and use momentum to swing the weight back. Most trainers use legs for upper body and don't even know they are doing it. Small bounce at the bottom? legs just did what did what anterior deltoids should have done. I am certified and I know what I am talking about but 20 years before I learned how to do it right. if I am working arms, the rest of the body should not move an inch

  • jostam32002

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    Feb 18, 2017 4:34 AM GMT
    i lift light weights too( i'm 57), with almost no rest in between,it's easier for my old jointsicon_smile.gif,but i lift untill the muscle burns!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 26, 2017 8:31 PM GMT
    Even if I took this approach to lifting, my stubborn physique will still not growicon_exclaim.gif I am pretty much through with the gym and the sport of bodybuilding along with the idiotic draconian diets that restrict your freedom of choice in eating.