​A couple of weeks ago, we did a short video about choosing the optimal weight to train with if (if you missed it, you can see it here).
 
Today I want to talk about those that err on the side of going too heavy.  And as I point my finger at you, I fully understand that there are 3 pointing back at me.
 
Those of us in this boat want to conduct our every day training based off of what we CAN do, i.e. I can press a 32K bell, so that’s what I SHOULD do every day in training.
 
And that brings us to the all encompassing: Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
 
When I’m referring to what we CAN do, I’m talking about a maximal effort.  In order to find out what we can do, we need to test our strength.  But testing everyday or every week is not the best way to make progress.  In fact, you’ll often go backward from burnout, injure yourself, or just get frustrated that this massive amount of effort yielded little results. 
 
Day in day out we should be building, not testing, our strength, which is be best done at about 70% effort and with the proper technique.
 
In other words, if you test your strength and find out that you CAN press a 32K bell for one rep, you will build your strength most days with with the 20K and 24K bell. 
 
This is obviously a very simplistic example that doesn’t have much context, but the point is this:  MOST days you’ll be practicing your lifts with a weigh that is lighter than you think.
 
When we use the appropriate weight, we are stimulating our bodies just enough to adapt and come back stronger. 
 
When we go to heavy, we put ourselves into a fight or flight mode, which directs most our resources toward surviving the lift, not adapting from it.
 
We’ve already got enough stress in our lives.  Let’s not add on the stress of forcing our bodies to “survive” our workouts.