Don’t Fear Heavy Weight


We love moving heavy weight. And getting bigger and stronger means lifting heavier weights. But what about when the weight gets REALLY heavy?

If you’re feeling a little nervous about the heavy workout facing you today, relax…you’re not alone. Many athletes share your apprehension about lifting heavy weight. Maybe you suffered an injury in the past that is limiting you, or a lift that didn’t go quite right is affecting your confidence.

Whether it’s experience, a confidence issue, or a previous injury, you CAN make progress toward overcoming this barrier. Let’s look at a couple of ways you can accomplish this.

Future training is a great way to safely develop greater capacity, and confidence, in your heavy lifts. Future training is the use of stretch bands to assist during the initial phase of a lift. For example, suspending stretch bands from a power rack on the deadlift helps lighten the load off the ground but decreases as the weight is raised.

Good spotting is another way you can add to your confidence. Knowing your team is there to ensure your safety throughout a lift helps solidify your thinking about that lift.

Don’t let heavy weight intimidate you. Consider these suggestions for overcoming your fear:

  1. Develop the awareness of a stable back and core. You can achieve this by putting the GHDs to good use.
  2. Activate your core whenever you’re under load—any load, heavy or light.
  3. Strengthen your core. There are no exceptions to this rule. Train your core every day.
  4. Know your limits and don’t overshoot your abilities.
  5. Develop a capacity in the basic lifts: Squat, Deadlift, and Press.

Be prepared, train smart, and respect your limits. If your mechanics are solid and you’ve been consistent in your training, there’s no reason why you should fear heavier weights.