- 10-31-2010, 04:44 PM
Ive been training with light weights for like 2 months now. Ive still done some heavy sets but not owvermany at all and just sporadically.
I believe my body was built by heavy weights and I still beleive in the theory of "low reps heavy weight".
However i got into light weights simply cause its easier, i feel weaker but I must say i am looking good as ever and seem to be building muscle as well as defining up more.
The light weaghts are working for muscle gain, strange. I want to get back into heavy but it seem more daunting going into a heavy lift now. Im getting used to this light stuff. I dont really do high reps just light weight and I move pretty slow on the positive and negative. So its light weight low slow reps, with squeezing at end of reps, and sometimes long pause stretches at beginings.
Am i on to something here or should i go back to heavy?
PS im just bodybuilding strength aint to big a deal for me.
- 10-31-2010, 10:36 PM
I believe what you're experiencing is reminiscent of German Volume Training or GVT. Change is good. I plan on going to a lower weight, higher volume training split to shock my muscles.
- 11-01-2010, 08:38 PM
Maybe it is just a shock im doing which is good, but i do want to go heavy again.
11-01-2010, 08:59 PM
11-01-2010, 10:00 PM
What are you defining as "light" and "heavy"? What you are finding is that you can build muscle with alot of volume which yields longer time under tension. There's no reason you can't incorporate both heavy and light weights into your routine. Do one exercise heavy and then do a couple of assistance moves with lighter weights and a slower tempo. As long as you don't overdo the total workload you should be able to reap the benefits of both.
11-02-2010, 12:44 AM
I always mix in some lighter weight in my workouts. I find my body responds best to cycle training. For a while I was going heavy for about 4 weeks, then lighter for 4. No matter what I try to work out with a very high intensity. I dont like long rest periods. I like staying amped and intense. I lose some focus if I sit around for a while.
Sometimes though there is nothing like heavy lifting. Ive been training heavy now for about the last 3 months. Im gonna train heavy for the rest of this month. Then lighten it up for a few weeks to let the joints rest up a bit.
11-04-2010, 12:45 AM
depends on what routine i am currently on, but usually i go heavy on my compound lifts, and reps 8 to 12 on the rest.
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11-04-2010, 08:43 AM
I know it's cliche', but everyone is different. I know I've tried a number of training styles. The 5x5 I'm using now seems to be working pretty well.
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