You need to keep the integrity of your movements if you’re going to succeed.
Since I switched gyms I’ve been adjusting to different machines. It’s great, because the new ones hit the muscle groups at different angles, and force them out of the plateau they were in. Very good from a muscle building and toning point of view.
It’s also very true for squats. I used a couple of different machines at L.A. Fitness and had lots of “gainz.” So when I switched over to Planet Fitness, I started on the Smith Machine you see here. And I used a lot less weight than I had been using before.
Rather than try and pile more weight on, it’s important to get the integrity of the movement down. That means making sure you have range of motion and allowing the small muscle tears that go with resistance training. Too much weight would have sacrificed good form and risked an injury. It would also mean a stronger possibility of getting hurt.
And just as important, piling on weight gives a false sense of achievement. You can look really good doing something that doesn’t give you any real benefits. Or you can practice good form, get a solid foundation, and position yourself for a whole lot of long term benefits.
And yes, in case you were wondering, I’m talking about more than weightlifting. Same is true for business, careers, relationships, even your spiritual practices.
Don’t let your ego get in the way of some real achievement.
What have you been willing to start out slow in and get good results doing, even if it was less than you thought your were capable of at the time? When have you allowed your ego to override a good plan?
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