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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,158)
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2/23/13 3:09 P

You need to avoid too much weight or you will do damage to the muscles and get burned out in your exercises. Your form is very important. If you are unable to do the exercises and maintain a proper form or get too tired after 1 set, you might need decrease the weight until you can do them comfortably. That's why a lot of people quit exercising. They pull a muscle and it keeps them from doing it again. You can use the same weight until you know it's too light. I have a vareity of weights and I can easily see the differnece in one versus the other so I stick with the one that i can do an maintain form.

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Edited by: BARBANNA at: 2/23/2013 (15:10)
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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/23/13 3:09 P

That ability to exhaust the muscle will take longer.

Eg for demonstration sake only, perhaps you take 3 sessions in the gym to move from 5lbs to 10lbs. You might take 6 sessions (much later) to move from 15lbs to 20lbs. You might take 30 sessions to move from 40lbs to 45lbs.

Basically, you're going to slow down in that ability to get to failure with good form. That will keep you from becoming The Hulk.

Also, you might move away from hulking great piles of metal and onto significantly advanced bodyweight moves. Eg one-handed pushups, hand-stand pushups, etc.

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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/23/13 3:07 P

it also depends on the body part you are training. Some body parts are smaller muscle groups like shoulders that you lift lighter than others like legs where you lift heavier.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,344
2/23/13 3:03 P

At a certain point, you'll likely plateau with the amount you can lift. Your joints can only take so much, so it's not like you can just keep going up exponentially. That's one reason it's important to add variety in the exercises you do, so that you can continue to see progress even if you can't keep lifting more weight.

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2/23/13 12:53 P

what's wrong with 60 lb dumbbell curls? aside from the curls part.

strong women are awesome. I love the stares I get when I (at 115 pounds and 5'2") deadlift 145 pounds.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 2/23/2013 (13:02)
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DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
2/23/13 12:52 P

Just take a look at those people who lead the exercise programs. Well defined, fit, but they don't look like steroid junkies. I don't think we mortals have a problem with this.

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DAWDLIN Posts: 69
2/23/13 12:30 P

Weird question. If you are supposed to exhaust the muscle during each set (I agree), overtime you will get stronger and that weight will no longer exhaust the muscle. So, you have to increase the weight, right? Well, if you make strength training a life-long habit, where do you end up? Will you be like the hulk lifting a 60 lb dumbbell curls?

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