Let’s be honest, if you want to become a serious bodybuilder, you need to lift heavy weights. Of course, there are other important factors like a healthy diet, plenty of rest, sleep, and so on.
However, perhaps you’ve seen people who eat whatever they want and have an irregular sleep regime but still have a great physique just because they are serious about their training.
On the other hand, if we speak about folks who spend most of their day trying to convince others about the importance of healthy living and perform an easy workout, then we can see that most of these folks look lame compared to real bodybuilders.
1. Get Stronger
One of the primary reasons why it’s beneficial to lift heavy weights is because it’s one of the easiest ways to become stronger. This doesn’t mean you need to increase your muscle mass to get stronger because the body can adapt to harder training conditions with heavy weight without even bulking up.
Surely, if you grow muscle mass, then you’ll become even stronger, but it isn’t necessary to do so if your goal is to get just a little bit stronger without increasing your body weight.
You can try this method by decreasing the number of reps and sets you perform while increasing the amount of weight you lift. Most importantly, remember that your body needs time to adjust to using heavier weights so increase the amount of weight you lift steadily so that you avoid injuries.
2. Lose Body Fat and Burn More Calories
If you’re satisfied with your strength and know that you have quite a good physique hiding under that layer of fat, then using heavy weights can also help you to lose some unnecessary pounds.
This is thanks to the reason that using heavy weights help to maintain an anabolic environment, which helps to increase the metabolism speed. Also, drinking plenty of water, decreasing your caloric intake, and lowering your stress levels can also help to speed up your metabolism and result in making the fat-burning process even faster.
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3. Grow Muscle Mass
If it’s important for you to grow muscle mass, then using heavy weights is also the way to go. This is because by using heavy weights, your muscles will get more work which results in making them more tired.
So, your body will think that it needs to grow more muscle mass so that it could survive all these harsh conditions that you create while training. For even better results, make sure that every part of your body gets plenty of work so that you wouldn’t develop weak spots in the future.
Moreover, it’s important to increase your caloric and protein intake as the body needs it to grow muscle mass. While it depends on your body, you should increase your caloric intake between 200-300 calories per day so that you can see some growth happening.
If you grow more than two pounds per month, there is a huge chance you’re adding body fat along with that muscle mass. If that’s the case, just adjust your caloric intake accordingly. On the other hand, if you grow less than two pounds per week, then you should increase your caloric intake by another 100 calories.
Also, remember that consuming only plenty of calories and protein isn’t enough. If you also want to stay healthy, you should make sure to eat healthy products that contains lots of nutrients.
Vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fat and carbohydrate sources are all important to develop an amazing physique.
4. Improve Your Health
Another reason why it’s important to use heavy weights is because it allows you to stay healthy. Of course, those heavy weights shouldn’t be so heavy that you injure yourself. But if you’ll keep your ego in check, then there is nothing to worry about.
By regularly performing the three essential compound lifts, you can strengthen your bones, decrease the risk of heart attack, increase your sleep quality, live longer, and just look better as a person.