Forget the Heavy Weights: Try This Now

The exercise world is misguided in the belief that the only way to make an exercise harder is to lift heavier weight. Many practitioners fail to take into account the damage this does to your joints. If you continue to stress a joint in the same direction, you will impair joint function and lose the ability to reach your goal.

You can challenge muscles and joints in other ways by applying force from different directions. A lot of times, the weight load isn’t as heavy, but it’s applied more correctly. For example, consider the Bench Press. You perform the same linear pressing movement each time. Try performing a the pressing motion while kneeling or in a Lunge. This changes the muscle action and offers a new challenge to your muscles, but you are only using a fraction of the weight.

The “add more weight” mindset also causes serious technique issues. Often when people increase the resistance of an exercise, in order to accommodate the heavier weight, they move parts of their body that should remain stationary. They aren’t strong enough to lift the weight with proper form, so the exercise does not yield the desired results and could lead to an injury.

The exercise world is misguided in the belief that the only way to make an exercise harder is to lift heavier weight. Many practitioners fail to take into account the damage this does to your joints. If you continue to stress a joint in the same direction, you will impair joint function and lose the ability to reach your goal.

You can challenge muscles and joints in other ways by applying force from different directions. A lot of times, the weight load isn’t as heavy, but it’s applied more correctly. For example, consider the Bench Press. You perform the same linear pressing movement each time. Try performing the pressing motion while kneeling or in a Lunge. This changes the muscle action and offers a new challenge to your muscles, but you are only using a fraction of the weight.

The “add more weight” mindset also causes serious technique issues. Often when people increase the resistance of an exercise, in order to accommodate the heavier weight, they move parts of their body that should remain stationary. They aren’t strong enough to lift the weight with proper form, so the exercise does not yield the desired results and could lead to an injury.

Example of bench press motion with stable environment. WHY behind this exercise.

  1. 1. create stable environment with feet and back support
  2. chest and bicep needed to resist the twisting action when my force with band is applied
  3. internal and external obliques along with a lot of other muscles resist the twist action toward me
  4. finished the pushing exercises with back on ball alternating DB presses
  5. this was done summer Dwight was rehabbing his back
  6. advanced progressions after he dominated the level 1-3 back stability exercises
By | 2017-06-25T22:47:46+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leave A Comment