I have a question about training with heavy weights. I am trying to bulk up and get big and have heard numerous times that you must train with heavy weights, and do about 6 to 8 reps of those. I have heard that you are supposed to do the heaviest that you can do so that you cannot do another set or rep when you are finished. Does this apply to all exercises? I have been doing squats and deadlifts and I know that I could probably do more weight on those exercises, but Iím afraid that I will injure myself if I do too much weight. So, is it totally necessary to do the heaviest amount that you can handle on all exercises that you do? Or, have I been misled and can a person trying to bulk up and get big get away with just lifting fairly heavy weights, which may not be the heaviest amount they can possibly do?
Do it!!! More weight=bigger muscles What are you some kinda soccer playing wuss? hehehe just kidding. Do lift with a ton of weight with 6-8 reps, 3 sets.
Lift as much as you can with proper form. Never sacrifice form for weight like the idiots at the gym doing barbell curls by swinging the weight - they're getting more lower back work than bicep work, and in the eyes of experienced lifters, look like retards. And then there's the 1/4 squatters... don't get me started there either.
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Use a weight that you can do 6-8 reps on (should be struggling hard to get to that 8) with good form.. the number of sets needed for each exercise all depends on what muscle your working and how many different exercise you are using to hit that muscle.. (Normally 6-7 set per muscle group). Got a routine already?
Like gino said, make sure you're using perfect form before worrying about how much weight you stack on. A little while ago I dropped weight in some of my lifts to work on perfect form, now all my lifts that I dropped to work on perfect form are a lot stronger than they were when I wasn't using good form.
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Cheat reps are OK for like the last couple reps in your sets. They're actually good for growth.