If you’ve ever exercised by lifting weights, you know that the amount of the weight on the bar is only one variable that needs to be considered for a particular exercise.
If you’re doing a bench press, you can add more weight because your chest and shoulder muscles help your arms to lift the weight.
But if you put 50% of that total weight on each of two dumbbells, you can’t lift either one. You’ve probably also learned that you can’t use the same weight for curls as you do for bench presses.
How much weight can you really lift?
“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein
Likewise, if you’re going to do only one repetition, you can handle more weight than if you’re going to lift it ten times. If you are lying flat, (more…)