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Many people make the assumption that there are no benefits to lifting heavyweights. Some feel that lifting lighter weights with high reps will yield the same results. This is simply not true. Lifting heavy weights in which you are challenging your body and progressively overloading your muscles can have far quicker and better results.
The quickest way to build strength is to lift heavier. More muscle means more strength and more muscle means quick and efficient fat burn. Lifting heavy has also been shown to strengthen connective tissues and bone. This type of exercise will slow down the aging process and allow you to do daily activities such as yard work or playing with your children with ease. As long as you practice good form and safe lifting practices, lifting heavier weights can be very beneficial. It produces great results in appearance wise and health-wise. ACE (American Council on Exercise) provides seven benefits of how using heavy resistance can maximize the results from your fitness program.
Matt Anderson, a Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting, is a personal trainer with the OrthoCarolina Wellness Center. Matt hails from Charlotte and attended East Carolina University, graduating in 2015 with a BS in Exercise Science. He has been a strength/conditioning and speed coach for three years. He has played both baseball and basketball. Matt is committed to his own exercise and training program and that commitment and teaching style are contagious and motivating to his clients. His clientele has ranged in age from seven to older MLB and NFL athletes.