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    Why would 185 feel heavier then.....


    This happens to me alot, and im trying to find the answer to why 185 bench or squat would feel heavier then when I bench or squat 225.

    Why would this feel this way to me?

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    to me when the weight is kinda light but not very light it actually hurts my joints more. I don't know why but it does. But when I go heavy I don't feel joint pains anymore. But that only happens to me, well mostly, on squats.

    I don't know the science behind it though, sorry. Hopefully someone on here can make an input on this.
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    I imagine you're not warmed up enough yet/warmed up properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torobestia View Post
    I imagine you're not warmed up enough yet/warmed up properly.
    +1, not being warmed up has a big effect on how the weight feels with legs especially.
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    When your warming up your still getting acclimated to the weight
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    Agreed with the above posts
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    With everything but heavy legs, I not only warm up, but I like to do a single with my working set then rest briefly before actually doing the set. I've found this has helped me tremendously with my progress especially on a calorie deficit. I guess it's a way to make extra sure I've warmed up, though it also helps offset any CNS burnout effects, too, allowing me to put off a deload so to speak (it's always psychological to me, I dont get joint problems).

    EDIT: my heavy squats aren't so heavy anymore LOL ;( but I'll get back up in time. I just feel that if I do 1 and rack it, I wont want to do it ever again that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamieruggiero View Post
    This happens to me alot, and im trying to find the answer to why 185 bench or squat would feel heavier then when I bench or squat 225.

    Why would this feel this way to me?
    warming up issue for sure
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    It's focus. Most training injuries in PL'ing happen during the sub-maximal weights because you're not treating them properly. Hell, the worst hamstring injury I've ever had was a direct result of this same thing about 4 years ago. I was working up to a set of 405 on deads and was just going through the motions in my warm-up sets. At 315, I still was nonchalant and ended up straining my hamstring bad enough to where it took over 6 months to properly heal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    It's focus....during...sub-maximal weights because you're not treating them properly.
    I completely agree with this assessment and have found that as soon as I prioritize the technical aspects of the lift, that lower weights begin to feel as they should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamlau View Post
    I completely agree with this assessment and have found that as soon as I prioritize the technical aspects of the lift, that lower weights begin to feel as they should.
    You have to. If you can't maintain good form with lower weights, think what will happen with heavier weights.
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