You Don’t Always Need To Lift Heavy Weights—Here’s Why This PT Chooses To Lift Lighter

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If you’re going to the gym to get strong you need to lift weights that are heavy enough to challenge your muscles. However, you don’t need to lift as heavy as you possibly can in every session to benefit from your time in the weights room.

This lower-body workout from personal trainer Hannah Ashby caught our attention because it prescribes lighter weights than you would normally use to prioritize range of motion. As we found out when we asked her to explain more, that doesn’t mean it’s any less challenging. “Keeping the weight down means that you can keep the volume high, take less rest to keep the intensity high and get extra depth, all of which add intensity to your workout without loading the weight,” says Ashby.

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