Why Heavy Weight Lifting Workouts Can Lead To Severe Muscle Injuries

By: Francesco A. Castano

Many bodybuilders believe that using very heavy weights for their weight training workout sessions will lead to quicker results when compared with a higher rep workout philosophy, and this theory is correct. Heavy weight and low rep bodybuilding sessions do produce bigger muscles, so it's no surprise that most who achieve bodybuilding success perform at least a portion of their bodybuilding workout sessions using a low rep philosophy.

Yet, the problem for a large number of bodybuilders is that their desire for low rep weight training exercise sessions often causes them to abandon proper weight training form, which can lead to severe injury. If research were conducted, I would not be amazed to find that the majority of those who experience bodybuilding injuries are using incorrect form during their workouts, which causes muscles to function in awkward ways, resulting in muscle tears and strains. In fact, muscle gains are maximized only if consistent weight training can be maintained for an extended period, and many individuals find themselves taking unplanned vacations from their bodybuilding workout sessions due to nagging injuries stemming specifically from improper weight training form.

The desire is significant to loosen up form in order to increase weight used for a particular exercise session, especially when using low reps and heavy weight during a bodybuilding workout, and when a bodybuilder does not immediately fix such behavior, he or she will gradually alter weight training form to the point where the exercise is no longer safe, and severe injury is likely to result.

What all bodybuilders must remember as they pursue maximum muscle increase is that the term "heavy" is relative, and correct weight training form is far more important than the amount of weight used. Therefore, when you are considering the use of more weight for a bodybuilding exercise, make sure that you are doing so with correct weight lifting form in mind, adding weight in very small increments to avoid using incorrect, awkward weight training exercise performance.

If you find yourself gradually modifying exercise form to allow for greater weight in a given exercise, then you should lessen the amount of weight used by at least 10-20 pounds, focusing on fostering a connection between your mind and muscles during each set, only increasing weight (in small increments) when you are confident that form is 100% correct. It's simple to become convinced that because you have not increased weight for 2-3 exercise sessions that your muscle building efforts will suffer, when it's very common to stay with the same weight for several workouts while still increasing muscle size by a significant margin. But by using incorrect form to try and artificially enhance the amount of weight used, you will actually risk slowing muscle gains given both the injury potential, and the risk of transferring emphasis away from the intended muscle group.

Always keep in mind that the success of your bodybuilding pursuits will be based primarily on how consistent you are capable of training, and using improper form will lead to injuries, necessitating missed weight lifting workout sessions, and will impact your overall weight lifting progress in a negative way.

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Francesco Castano authors MuscleNOW.com, a weight training routine for muscle building without supplements or drugs.

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