Congratulations – Weight Lifting is Making You Weaker!

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I actually mean this in a positive way. I don’t think many people truly understand what strength training (weight lifting in particular) accomplishes. Any type of weight lifting exercise you perform, from the standard bench press to the clean & jerk, will break down those specific muscles you are targeting. So again, congratulations, you are getting weaker from weight training.

The reason this is a good thing is because you actually want to break down as many of these small muscle fibers as possible. That should be the goal of your weight-training workout.  It also goes to show you how important it is to follow a well thought out weight lifting program. There are 3 critical components that comprise an effective weight training program:

1)    Weight lifting routine

2)    Rest and Recovery

3)    Nutrition for repair

I believe each of these components is equally important, although I know many people believe the weight lifting component is the most important.  When I first started weight training I was under the same delusion thinking I could just work my chest 5 times a week to build it up that much faster. I underestimated how important rest and nutrition was, thinking I was just being lazy.

After you complete your weight lifting routine, you have essentially broken down the muscle fibers that you worked. So as you enter the “rest and recovery” stage, your body is now repairing these broken down muscle fibers, which helps strengthen and grow the muscle.  The nutrition component is critical because your body will use the nutrients you have consumed to aid in the repair process.  That’s why it is important to have a diet that is high in protein and amino acids, while limiting the foods high in fat, sugar and empty calories.

Let’s not forget just how smart and powerful our brain is.  As we continue our weight training program, our body recognizes the intense stress and demand we are putting on our muscles, and will compensate by increasing the muscle mass and strength while in the rebuilding process. Another reason it’s important to train regularly and not give up if you don’t see results right away.  It’s a comforting motivation knowing your body is going to reward you for all your hard work.

So go ahead, weaken your chest with some bench press.  Tear down those bicep muscles with some dumbbell curls. And break down those washboard abs with repetitive crunches. You’ll be a stronger person for it in the end.


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  5. great post… got any sources for this blog post?

  6. Brian says:

    Thanks Dorthey,

    There are a lot of different sources that mention the role of breaking down muscle fibers and that it’s actually resting and nutrition that strengthens your muscles. http://www.bodybuilding.com is a great place to start along with numerous books I’ve read over the years.

    Best,
    Brian

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