When it comes to weightlifting, the ultimate goal besides gaining mass, toning up, and getting stronger is to lift HEAVIER. This doesn't usually happen over-night. Weight-lifting is something that you must condition your body to doing each and every day-consistently. Whenever I found myself getting winded after carrying around my 25lb son after just 5 minutes, I felt so ashamed! This was a HUGE wake up call to myself regarding how much I truly lacked upper body strength. I tend to focus on my lower body (aka my trouble area) so much that I had forgotten (well, neglected) my arms. On top of that, I was a cardio queen. So, I went to work. I began doing Pyramid Training and within two months, I was able to carry my son around without having to ask my husband for help. I used the Hiit Bar to gain strength and now, I lift heavier than I ever thought possible.
- Use Proper Form: If you are practicing to lift heavier, you will need to make sure that you are using GOOD form to support those heavy weights. If you use bad form, you risk injuring yourself and killing your dreams of lifting heavier. Bad form also makes you do more work than you really ought to do-and you don't want that, do you?
- Listen to Your Body: Easily said. Just listen to your body. If the weight is too heavy, stop. If you feel pain, stop. If you feel comfortable lifting the amount that you are doing and feel that it is safe enough to go up 5lbs or so, do so in a focused and controlled manner. Your body will tell you everything that you need to know.
- Rest Your Muscles: To lift heavier, you must rest those muscles. Having rest days is so important for your body to build itself back up from all of your hard work. Next time you return for leg or arm day, you might just be surprised how easy that 50 or 100 lb. benchpress is!