Trying to get stronger? Are you working towards the goal of improving your strength? It is a realistic goal if you hope to enhance your health, functional fitness, and even improve your body composition. When you build strength, chances are you are also building lean muscle mass and as a result of that, you will notice an improvement in your overall metabolic rate. An increase in your metabolic weight certainly makes becoming lean or staying lean easier.
So what can you do to help increase the amount of weight you are lifting? How can you pack more plates onto the bar? Let us look at three tips to help you lift more weight in every workout session…
1. Back Off. As weird as it may sound, sometimes the best way to lift more weight is to back off how much you are lifting. If you are currently lifting maximally but using poor form, make no mistake about it, this will influence your ability to make strength gains. You need to be using good form to target the muscles correctly and see ideal results.
Try lifting a bit less, using proper form, and then watch the strength progression happen naturally.
2. Switch Up Your Exercises. Moving along, it is also important you switch up your exercises now and then. Do not get stuck in the rut of doing the same old routine over and over again. Do that, and you will be plateauing faster than you ever thought possible.
Try a new exercise. It doesn’t have to be a significant change to get results – it just needs to be something a little different.
3. Get A Spotter. Finally, consider getting yourself a spotter. Having someone there to help you push as much as you need to as you do each set, can be an excellent way to help give you the confidence you need to challenge yourself.
Often when we are lifting alone, we will not push that extra mile but when someone is there cheering us on, let us just say you would be surprised what you can do. Plus, this can also help you push out more reps even with assistance, which will also give you practice working in a state of fatigue and lead to greater overall strength progression.
So keep these tips in mind and make sure you apply them to your program. You will be feeling stronger before you know it.