The difference between lifting weights and weightlifting….

Back in the day when I used to train in the beginning I would lift some crazy weight… CRAZY !

For my body anyway…

I realised, even though with the amount of weight that was being moved that to be honest, as far as muscular gains go, the progress wasn’t that impressive.

The main spectacle was being able to lift that amount of weight from A to B…

But hold on a minute – A to B.

That’s the objective of a powerlifter or a strongman.

To build muscle, the objective is to work the MUSCLE…

Contraction + focus + control = muscular stress… This is the formula for building muscle. And add a full range of motion in there for a variable.

Time under tension is a big factor when building muscle, but that mind muscle connection is something that not many people have.

 

Think about what you are really doing !

 

Focus and really think about the exercise that you are doing, squeeze and contract every rep you do and control the weight as you go down before bringing it back.

Visualisation is a big factor also, the more you can really CONNECT with what you are doing, the more satisfying the workout will be.

… I’m not asking you to go into a state of meditation but I can guarantee that if you are able to connect with what you are doing and think about it while doing it you will have a better workout.

 

Nowadays – When I’m in weight training and I really focus and think about what I am doing, the results follow suit…

 

Moral of the story – There’s a difference between lifting weights and weight training…

 

Stay strong, stay educated…

Andrew McGee