Is Weight Training and Lifting Bad For You?
Over the years of physical training in various forms, I have always associated myself with weight training in some form. When I first started lifting as a teenager, I enjoyed the process of learning new techniques, principles, postures, tempos and rhythm. Every single I have learned something and seen results.
Personally, lifting weight has made me much stronger, leaner and healthier from a physical point of view. From a mental & emotional perspective, weight training has made me confident, hungry, balanced and tough. Therefore, I would like to share some tips for you lift weights without any issues
#1. Intelligent Training vs Ego Centric Training Plans
A training plan should be such that it pushes you across your mental thresholds but at the same time gives you space to recover. It should be phased such that your body is not constantly in complete stress. Not every single exercise, rep or workout needs to go to failure with heaviest of the weights on the rack. One needs a mix of heavy weight, light weight, & weight less training giving your body a perfect environment to grow without compromising progression through injuries.
#2: How vs How Much You Lift
When lifting weights for physical training, it is important to have control in your tempo and form. I see everyday people lifting heaviest of the plates or dumbbells in the weight room but their form is out of whack. An uncontrolled form or temp of your set with heavy weight can make you injury prone, therefore, a slow rep tempo with reduced weight will help you grow muscles quicker and without risk of getting hurt.
It’s not about how much you lift, rather how you lift
#3: Time Out is OK
It’s ok to take some time out from the weight lifting / training. Usually after going through intense 6-8 weeks of training, I take time out to give my body to recover. Most likely 1 week of very light weight training or whole body circuit training or just cardio for that week helps me maintain my physical condition by promoting blood flow without heavy lifting. If I have any micro injuries, aches, tears or pains, I get time to recover.
#4: Warm Up
Last yet a crucial one is proper warm ups. They are an opportunity for self-assessment of your physical state. A gradual and proper warm up helps identify issues with joints or muscles before lifting weights. The heavier the training, more warm up for the body to be prepared for what’s coming.
These tips are important to consider when you are going for your next session. Ideally, these are applicable to any other form of training as well. Use these as a check list for your mind to be equipped to avoid injuries.