Why You Should Pick Up Heavy Shit

Today's Workout

Deadlift 3-3-3-1-1-1

Then 3 50m Prowler Runs

Top Performances: Larisa, 225!!! Kris, 325. 

Whitney gettin low

Ah, weightlifting; a subject that will forever hold a strong place in my heart and a subject that's function is often misunderstood. Its all about yelling and growing huge muscles, right? Not exactly. Yes, picking up heavy shit will make you stronger and you will probably yell, but it has a lot of other benefits as well. Weightlifting increases your nervous system's ability to recruit existing muscle tissue. This will make you stronger without even getting bigger and is one of the first adaptations to take place when a novice begins to add weightlifting to his or her training. Hypertrophy (new muscle fiber growth) is actually hard to promote and is a later adaptation to training. Other weight lifting benefits include stronger connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, and bones. This also serves to strengthen joints, both injured and healthy. When done with a full range of motion lifting heavy weights can also help to increase your flexibility. Of course "heavy" is a completely relative term. The load you lift should be regulated by your ability to move it with proper form both safely and efficiently. As you adapt you will be able to move more and more, but it is not a good idea to push it until you have achieved consistent mechanics. Good form allows our bodies to fully express their strength and a bigger engine doesn't slow the car down. Lets all be V12s.

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