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Benefits of Lifting Heavy Weights?

Apr 24, 2024

By Truett Hanes

People will inevitably look to take the path of least resistance when it comes to just about anything, but ESPECIALLY when it comes to fitness. With the popularity of "steroids" in our fitness culture, it's become apparent that people aren't looking to work for their physique honestly, but would prefer all the gains and strength to come right away without spending the time and discipline it actually takes to achieve both things. The closest thing to a "hack" that you can and should implement is lifting heavy. Lifting heavy weights on a regular basis offers benefits beyond just building muscle and we'll tackle some of those right now:

Reducing body fat, improving insulin sensitivity, increasing or preserving muscle mass, reducing the risk of injury, and improving longevity are all on the table.

For example, when you lift heavy, you break down muscle tissue, which, when properly nourished and rested, can lead to muscle growth. This increase in muscle mass can boost your resting metabolic rate, aiding in fat loss. Not only do you become stronger and your bones become denser due to weightlifting, but fat will come off as well as a result of muscle mass being added.

Heavy lifting also engages large muscle groups, which enhances insulin sensitivity, helping your body regulate blood sugar more effectively.

Moreover, lifting heavy weights strengthens not only muscles but also connective tissues, reducing the risk of injuries in training and daily activities. 

And the benefits don't stop there. Consistent resistance training has been linked to improved cardiovascular health and a reduced risk of diabetes, ultimately contributing to a longer, healthier life. Fights off diabetes and injury, increases cardiovascular health, builds muscle and allows you to regulate blood sugar more effectively, plus the numerous psychological benefits you'll experience from challenging yourself and your body every day... lots of reasons to start lifting and not a lot reasons not to.

If you're considering heavy lifting, a few pointers can set you on the right track:

  1. Seek guidance from experienced individuals or personal trainers to ensure proper form and injury prevention. With the aid of social media, there are hundreds if not thousands of available programs that can help get you started if you're new. If you're experienced, there's still room for improvement no matter how much you think you know, there's always someone who knows more. Don't be afraid to learn from others and challenge yourself and your muscles in different ways. This can help prevent plateaus as well.
  2. Prioritize proper form, as it maximizes effectiveness and minimizes the risk of injury. Controlled movements and proper form will not cause injury, it's when you get ahead of yourself and put too much weight on the bar is where the problems can start. Injuries in the gym are almost always attributed to bad form or simply too much weight and straining your body unnecessarily. Slow and steady wins the race. Increase little by little every week with progressive overloading and the results will follow.
  3. Listen to your body and adjust accordingly to avoid overexertion or exacerbating existing injuries. You know your body and what hurts it and what doesn't. Work around injuries as best as you can whether it be walking, running, cycling or light lifting. Stay active until you can get back to pushing around heavier weight.

By following these tips, you can fast-track your progress and reap the benefits of heavy lifting safely and effectively. Remember, in order to lift heavy weights you must first start out lifting light weights. Through consistency and discipline, those lighter weights will continue to become heavier and heavier, before you know it... there's some serious weight your body will be able to handle. Stick to the plan and trust it.