If you are wanting to build a better and bigger physique then you need to lift enough weight to see a difference right? The amount of weight that you lift has a direct impact on how much muscle tissue you breakdown in order for it to repair and rebuild. Whatever your goal you need to make sure you are working the muscles properly and not your ego, especially when lifting heavy weights. If you are going to lift heavy then there are some important rules you should follow in order to get the best results...
Mind Muscle Connection
A workout is not just chucking the weights around and seeing how heavy you can go. Of course there will be times when you need to do this but it still requires you to lift with strict form. I personally believe that you should be controlling the weight rather than chucking them around with incorrect form. I refer back to the title of this blog and ask should you lift heavy weights if this is happening? Do you think you should just chuck the weights around despite what it may look like? I think there needs to be a level of how much you lift vs how well you are lifting it.
Leave The Ego
A lot of the time heavy lifting is associated with being the alpha male in the room and marking your area as your territory. Does this give you the results you are looking for though? I think it's important to realise that it doesn't matter how much weight you lift so long as the weight you are lifting is appropriate for you to see results. In other words, benching 2 or 3 times your bodyweight doesn't automatically qualify you as having a good physique. In every gym session you should leave your ego at the door and lift what is expected from you and not what you think others want you to do.
Stick To Your Plan
Remember when you're in the gym you are ultimately working solely on your body, meeting your requirements to see results. Stick to your plan and make sure you're working yourself hard enough, and in the right way. In order to change your body you have to train smart and do things in the right way, if you lift heavy just for the sake of looking good, you are going to cause more harm than good. If you're injured then you won't be able to train full stop, so keep that in mind when wanting to lift the super heavy weights.
I'm not saying don't lift heavy and test yourself but just be smart when you do so. Don't just lift heavy weights for the sake of lifting them without working the muscles properly, that is just stupid. Lift the right amount of weight that will test your muscles whilst performing each rep correctly so that you avoid injury and maintain seeing results.
If you are struggling to see results and have been training a while, you might need to change how much you are lifting for good reps, after all the saying ''quality over quantity'' isn't around for nothing you know ;)