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Do people ask you why you still lift heavy?
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:24:28 PM »
I’m 47, have had thoracic spinal surgery, have a shitload of still bulging discs, arthritis in my spine, and a spinal curvature, but I like lifting heavy weights.  (2-6 rep range)  I constantly get questions from friends mostly-  “Why are you still lifting heavy” - most follow this up with “its bad for your joints”.   I don’t think they have any studies to site, nor do I have any to refute them honestly, but I have seen studies that claim weight lifters have reduced cancer risks and premature death rates, but I can’t cite them.  My favorite conversation was when my buddy proudly claimed he quit lifting to save his joints and started running instead. 

Anyway, do friends or relatives ask you anything similar and what do you say? At times I have almost felt embarrassed for still lifting heavy, which sounds absurd now that I think of it. 

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Re: Do people ask you why you still lift heavy?
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 06:26:41 PM »
Lots.

I ignore them.  And so should you.
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Re: Do people ask you why you still lift heavy?
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2018, 07:16:29 PM »
“Why are you still lifting heavy” - most follow this up with “its bad for your joints”. 

You should reply with "Oh wow, I didn't realize you were an Orthopedic Surgeon"

No one ever asks me anything.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2018, 08:24:03 PM by Bando »
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Re: Do people ask you why you still lift heavy?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 08:21:21 PM »
Honestly I might ask you the same question of why you train heavy with bulging discs and other spinal issues.

I define llifting heavy as 80 to 85% of your 1 rep max or greater.

I took 2 years off lifting heavy and never really saw any downsides and managed to heal up a lot of lingering injuries. Other people on the outside might think some of the exercises were"heavy' but they were not truly in that range for me. Therefore they are very little stress relatively.  I made up for that with volume and time under tension to give the stimulus.

I enjoy heavy lifting more than anything in the gym but I also want to live into my years being able to run and jump and move freely without limping or having chronic pains of any sort.

I am all for training heavy but the truth is if you have 5 plus years in the gym and trained properly before it is not really necessary unless strength is your ultimate goal.  If you haven't put most of the mass you want to put on in 5 years you've been training wrong.  By all means you can continue to refine strength but Mass gains start to become almost non-existent.  Therefore your current level of mass can be maintained with just volume work. Possibly even see some new untapped growth.


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Re: Do people ask you why you still lift heavy?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 11:39:23 PM »
I was considering something I can rep about six times relatively heavy.  I rarely max out.  Do you do squats and dead’s high rep as well, or do you sub those out?   I really think if I dropped fat and maintained muscle mass I would actually look bigger in a sense. 

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Re: Do people ask you why you still lift heavy?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2018, 07:44:10 AM »
I really think if I dropped fat and maintained muscle mass I would actually look bigger in a sense.

With shirt off, yes.

My last real cut was in 2012 I dropped from 245ish to 225ish and my ex-wife asked if I was juicing.  LOL after dropping 20 lbs.
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