Article On The Bare Minimum Keys Of Lifting That Athletes And Gym Goers
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Increase Your Strength in Every Lift - The Basics
By David A Gentile | Submitted On April 21, 2012
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Expert Author David A Gentile
In this article I will explain the bare minimum keys of lifting that athletes and gym goers need to understand in order to consistently increase their strength, week after week, month after month, year after year. While these concepts are basic, I challenge everyone who reads this…show more content… This is a common misconception. Maxing out is good because it pushes your body to the limit. However, it is extremely taxing on your central nervous system and if done too often will ultimately throw your body into a regression, or rather a catabolic state where your muscles and nerves cannot recover in a timely fashion. Your central nervous system sends the messages to your muscles to contract, so you can imagine if the CNS is extremely taxed you will not be able to send those messages efficiently to your muscles. This will result in reduced strength and fatigue. That being said, maxing out is important, but you must max out at the appropriate times. For a major lift like squat you should max out no more than every three weeks. And that is if you are on a very intense training regimen. I personally only max out 2 times per month but only on one major lift. For instance, this month is deadlift so I will max out on deadlift on the 1st week of training and the last week of training for the month. This allows me to see progression but at the same time keep my central nervous system functioning optimally. Keep in mind my program is quite a bit more intense than most of humanity. Two times a month for maxing for any lift may be too much for you.
Instead of trying to push up as much weight as possible or as many times as possible, try something a little different. Try lowering the reps of your set,