What Does ‘ Heavy Lifting ’ Actually Mean : How Might It Effect Joints?


If you ae one of those incredibly lucky individuals who can train a lifetime and not get injured, I envy you. Yes there are reasons why some people get injured more than others, maybe it’s due to poor form, lack of rest or poor nutrition, but fact remains that the vast majority of people that exercise get injured. This is no more true than for heavy weight lifters and powerlifters, because quite simply, they place more strain on their joints than any other athlete!

What is ‘heavy lifting’?

A team of researchers at Ohio State University decided to look directly into the strain that heavy lifting can place on the joints. They established that ‘heavy lifting’ can be adequately described as ‘a weight that prevents you from completing more than 8 reps’. So a seasoned powerlifter is likely to be able to complete 8 reps of a heavier weight than a newbie in the gym, so this analogy works well because it’s relative. Persistent heavy lifting can lead to inflammation in joints, cartilage deconstruction and an inability to regenerate cartilage, however, this can be significantly reduced if you observe adequate rest, and nutrition is on point.

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About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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