Additional Weight Stack
In the world if being fit, one thing’s for sure, bulking up is never done overnight, Some people often think that increasing the amount if the weights you lift will get you bulked up in no time, some, mostly women, fear of that outcome.
Women, don’t worry, that wouldn’t happen because a study has proven that women, normally, don’t have the hormone profile to make their body bulk up, instead, they’ll develop lean body mass, reduce fat and produce hormones that would make them more confident in themselves.
Reality Bite: Heavy weightlifting challenges your body, therefore, your body will adapt and change for the better. Each and every amount of weight and repetition that you add into your workout regimen helps every step of the way in achieving your dream gym body.
Here are some great tips to help you tailor your dream body.
- Start small.
Choosing the correct weight depends on every other workout you are performing. Even if you have been doing an exercise for the longest time, or whether it’s your first time performing it, better do a self-assessment first before proceeding. Start with half of the weight on an exercise that you are planning to do (if you normally do 20lbs on an Arnold press, start with 10lbs), then start doing a few repetitions, normally, it would be a breeze to do it then. Now, the goal is to improve your form, make sure you do it as perfect as possible, next try to get the weight up until you reach a mark that you get slightly challenged. Next is to slow down your pace while lifting them in order to perform it perfectly, remember that in lifting weights, form is the key. Another thing is never skipping warm-ups, it may sound petty, but warm-ups are essential to performing your workout regimen fluidly.
- Know when it’s time to increase the weight.
If you’re used to performing workouts with barbells, dumbbells or kettlebells, the next step is to know when to increase the weight that you lift. Again, perform a self-assessment. Watch the rate of speed you perform the workout and your condition after performing it. If the last parts of the workout leaves you out a little strained and if it slows down your pace, that would be your ideal level of weight to lift. If you can perform it hastily without any strains, you’re probably under your ideal level of weight, try jacking it up a bit.
- Figure out how much weight to add.
Always take baby steps whenever increasing weights, never add in a large amount of weights only for you to decrease it when you tire out doing the workout. Slowly but surely, always keep this in mind and at heart.
You only get as good as what you do, which means you’ll never improve if you don’t level up, or up your game, never forget to always challenge yourself for you to improve.