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September 28, 2012 3:46 PM
I'm a little unsure what people mean when they say "lift heavy", I was working with 10lbs dumbbells today and they felt pretty heavy to me after the first couple of reps. Someone please educate me a little.
September 28, 2012 5:58 PM
Heavy is relative.
September 28, 2012 6:01 PM
Depends on the exercise. If you were deadlifting 10 pounds, that's not heavy. Do three sets of flies, and that ten will start to feel like 100.
September 28, 2012 6:02 PM
challenge yourself. its subjective- but you know it when you are doing it- especially the compound lifts
September 28, 2012 6:10 PM
If you do 5 reps and have trouble doing the 5th, then that is heavy for you. I have friends that can squat twice what I can do but I am still lifting as much as I can for my ~5 reps.
September 28, 2012 6:28 PM
Heavy is heavy for you. Right now I'm doing 110 pound seated rows, for example. To one person, that might be light as heck. To another, way too heavy. You lift what challenges you; you can do just the amount of sets you want, but no more. If you can do more, it's too light.
September 28, 2012 6:29 PM
You want to muscles to work hard enough that you think you just can't finish that second or third set of twelve. I believe (and correct me if I'm wrong here people) that as the muscle strains, it tears ever so slightly. And when the body repairs that tear, is what causes the muscle to get bigger/firmer, hence the term "no pain no gain.
September 28, 2012 6:34 PM
I think the term gets thrown around a lot. Anyone who lifts feels the need to say "I lift heavy" rather than just "I lift weights." Does it really matter what you call it?
September 28, 2012 6:42 PM
Shoot for 6-8 reps. If its easy and you can do more, add weight. If you can't do 6-8 reps decrease the weight. Some ppl would tell you to do more reps, but 6-8 is a good range to build strength. I went from benching 80 lbls to 145 bc I lifted heavy in this way. Good luck
September 28, 2012 6:43 PM

I think the term gets thrown around a lot. Anyone who lifts feels the need to say "I lift heavy" rather than just "I lift weights." Does it really matter what you call it?

well yes.. cause there is a big difference between the 2. it's like comparing 'i move my legs' to sprinting. One is a subset of the other. But they are not the same thing.
September 28, 2012 6:46 PM
I lift heavy.

Just sayin'
September 28, 2012 6:49 PM
The heavy ones. Duh.
September 28, 2012 6:52 PM
When I say I am "lifting heavy" it means that I lift close to the maximum I can for a couple sets of low reps. If I am doing arm exercises chest height or above, 15lbs is "heavy" for me. In that example it means that when I finish a set I could *maybe* push out two more reps before my muscles give out. When I am doing back squats with the barbell I currently lift 95lbs. Again, if I do 2 sets of 10, then at the end of one set I could only do a couple more if I had to before my muscles would just give out.

In comparison to just lifting or using "light" weights... I could do those same arms exercises using a 5lb dumbbell, but I would be able to do 25+ reps before tiring. I could do bodyweight squats (no weights at all, just simple squats) and I could do 25+ reps as well.

I personally feel that lifting heavy is more effective, takes less time, and gets the job done.
September 28, 2012 6:56 PM
There is a smattering of info on lifting here


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