Lifting Weights: Why Heavier Isn't Always Better (As Per 'Beachbody' Super Trainer Joel Freeman)

When it comes to lifting weights, we would say that most people are under the impression that the heavier the weight, the greater the result. Turns out, that's why most people aren't personal trainers, because, guess what? That couldn't be further from the truth. Thankfully, we've got Joel Freeman, Beachbody Super Trainer and co-creator of "Core De Force" here to school us on a few weightlifting ins and outs that just might (read: will) revolutionize your workout.

It's important to take advice from individuals like Joel who actually know what they're talking about. With so much buzz surrounding workout plans nowadays, you don't want to end up injuring yourself because you weren't properly informed. Joel's credentials speak for themselves, with over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Joel has held certifications from the American Fitness Association of America, American Council on Exercise and currently, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer.

From running day-to-day operations in gyms to directing Group X programming at Gold's Gym® SoCal and even becoming a International Fitness Presenter, Joel is a fitness Renaissance man. That said, his passion is teaching and showing others hot to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We think with the information below, you guys will be able to do just that.

FHM: Let's Start With Something Simple: Why Do Guys Think Heavier Is Better?

Joel Freeman: "Because many simply don’t know any better! The videos are all over the social media world (if you haven’t seen them, you’re welcome for the idea) of people failing under ridiculous amounts of weight, thinking that’s 'how to grow.' They think that if they lift as much as possible, then that’s how they’ll look the same as the fitness models they follow."

FHM: What Are Heavier Weights Good For?

Joel Freeman: "Heavy weight with fewer reps (1-5) is great if you’re going for maximum strength or power output training. These types are quite common in CrossFit type facilities, but should not be attempted however, until a solid fitness and form foundation is established first."

FHM: In Contrast, When Are Lighter Weights Best?

Joel Freeman: "Let’s be clear, lighter doesn’t have to mean those cute purple weights at the corner drug store. We’re just talking about weights that are light enough to help in developing a foundation of strength. Lighter weight can also still be “heavy” enough to challenge your muscles and help with hypertrophy training (make your muscles grow), which is what most guys are looking to do anyway."

FHM: What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Using Lighter Weights?

Joel Freeman: "Combining lighter weights with specific exercise sequences in a training program will help increase full body stability, muscular strength and prepare the muscles for increasing intensity and heavier weights, with less potential for injury."

FHM: Can You Give Us Some Exercises That Help Build Strength By Using Lighter Weights?

Joel Freeman: "You can still do all the cool, typical exercises to build strength and endurance:. Chest: Bench or Dumbell Press. Back: Cable Row or T-Bar Row. Shoulders: Barbell or Dumbell Seated Press. Legs: Leg Press or Hack Squat."

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