Lift Less, Be More

Hate weights? Your body sure doesn’t, especially when they’re light. Here are three huge reasons to go low and lift often.

•  Lifting less weight more times is just as effective at building muscle as training with heavy weights, a finding by McMaster researchers that turns conventional wisdom on its head.

•  Light weights have a lower risk for injury than heavier lifting. According to a study published in 2010 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the most common injuries occur from lifting too heavy or from incorrect form. The lighter the weight you’re lifting, the less likelihood of injury.

•  The American College of Sports Medicine notes that completing eight to 12 repetitions – often performed using heavier weights – helps improve strength and power. But doing 15 to 20 reps using lighter weights helps improve your muscular endurance, which can improve your overall endurance during weight-training or cardiovascular workouts.