Strength Gains - Tip on increasing
muscle strength with weight training
you've been exercising with
weights regularly, say 3-4 times a week over the last few years, but
haven't made any gains in strength lately. With the new year, maybe now
is a good time to re-evaluate your workout routine.
If you are experiencing this,
it's likely due to the fact that your muscles have grown accustomed to
the weights you are using. Try this approach. Increase the weights you
are using. For example if you are bench pressing, say the most you can
do is 180 pounds at 10-12 repetitions, increase this to 190 pounds. Do
as many reps as you possibly can. Don't worry if you can only do 6-8
The point of this method of weight training is to force your muscles to
get stronger when lifting the heavier weights. It's not about whether
not you can complete a desired number of repetitions. Make sure when
are training this way you use proper form because you want to increase
your strength and not hurt yourself over the long run. You may also
shortening your workout time a little because this method of training
taxing on your body.
This is only an example. You
may want to go as heavy as you can and perform only 4 reps. Over time
will find that you will increase your strength gradually and safely.
Posted on: Thursday
January 5, 2006 10:38am