I’ve recently been worried that I’m trying to lift heavier weights than I’m capable of, and therefore not getting the proper benefits that I could be- maybe not succeeding in going through the full ROM for exercises, getting good muscle contractions, sloppy form, etc. I’m thinking now about maybe going slightly lighter on the weights for a few weeks, really focusing on the mind-muscle connection, getting proper peak contractions, and maintaining impeccable form / path of movement and full ROM. Probably this would mean going higher rep-ranges, more along the lines of 10-12, rather than nearer 6-10.
Would this be a good idea, as it feels like it might be somewhat of a step backwards, especially when I’m trying to gain [/quote]
sounds like a good idea. i’m not a trainer but there are some good programs to follow, that i picked up after a run with starting strength.
for example, i got a lot out of the madcox 5x5 approach. also, i was very challenged by Waterbury’s HIH program as it called for various volume and rep schemes so that i was (half the time) working in ranges that i did not like at all but felt that they challenged my body greatly. also, novel to me was the idea of max contraction (speed of concentric) to mobilize the max muscle.
you didn’t specify “gain” as strength or hypertrophy, but in the latter goal area i also got a lot from the 10x10 program (german volume training) which called for a concentration on high volume, including a big increase (for me) on the so called time under tension (slow eccentric)
these are some things that you just can’t do if every lift is for max weight.