What are the 5 big errors of lifting?
You don’t lift at all. You want to lift. You want to get strong. Lifting doesn’t necessarily mean muscle growth. We as humans are terrible at keeping strength. The more that you get now, the more you will keep later. Strength allows you to live the life that you want. When you’re 80 years old, do you want to need help getting out of a chair? Or picking up and playing with your grandkids? Right, go lift.
Lifting way to light. You have to challenge your muscles and nervous system to gain strength. You are wasting your time if you’re only picking up 12 pounds. You don’t get stronger lifting light. You have to lift heavy. Women need to lift heavy too.
Lifting way too heavy. Your body doesn’t like to be submitted to your will. It doesn’t like to be put through astronomical amounts of stress. It doesn’t learn this way You have to lift heavy but to a certain extent. You want to lift submaximally - below your maximum. We at Grit almost never max out. Your body won’t let you lift things you aren’t ready for. Stay in good position and practice the movements at a submaximal weight.
Using the wrong exercises. You need to be assessed by a professional who knows what they are talking about before you begin a program. Not every exercise is appropriate for every person. This is dependent on how YOUR body moves. Using the wrong exercises can and will lead to injuries.
No plan. If you don’t know where you are or where you want to go how are we ever going to know how to get there? We don’t all start at the same place or take the same route. You need a plan to get you where you want to go. Our bodies don’t like to be confused. Muscle confusion is the biggest hoax in the fitness industry. All of the great minds in this field disagree with muscle confusion. Our bodies like to practice a skill and develop off of that. That’s what we are doing with our programs.
We do three things, as humans, pretty well. We are very adaptable because of our brains, we sweat extremely well and we can run at a galloping pace. We are not good athletes though. We are slow and weak. You want to lift. You want to gain strength so you can become strong and stay strong in order to live the life that you want to live.