Working Harder, Not Heavier

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There is nothing like going to the gym and hitting a goal that you have always been wanting to hit. This happens quite often with weight training. We always seem to be looking for the next personal record… the next heavy load. We want to lift heavy things so we keep pushing and pushing with heavier weight. If you have been lifting or weight training for sometime you may have noticed you have plateaued. Nothing can be more frustrating then getting stuck at the same weight and not seeing those gains you feel you have been working so hard to get.

But, have you really been working hard? Or just heavy?

What does that mean? Aren’t they the same thing? The answer is no.

There is a difference between putting in the effort to be better, and just putting on more weight to the bar. Next time you are thinking about sneaking on some extra weight because that is what is bound to get you to the next level, take a second and think again. And if you still aren’t sure what all this is about take a look at  this article from Barbell Shrugged that explains just what we mean by working harder, not heavier.

What do you think? Have you tried this approach? If so, did it work for you?