I’m starting to try lifting weights at very high weights and low reps, as is part of MAX-OT which I’m giving a trial run for a few weeks to see if I like it.
Anyway, I’m not sure if its just me or if this is something everyone starting out goes through, but I feel like I’m doing something wrong when I lift weights in the 4-6 rep range.
I can usually find a weight that I can do 10 times with pretty good form. But often times when I raise the weight somewhat, one of two bad things happens. The first is that I just can’t do the exercise with good form. I can do 5 or so crappy military presses with 100 pounds. But if I lower the weight somewhat, say to 85, I can do 6 reps very clean…and then I can continue doing 2 or 3 more reps well.
Or, another bad thing that happens…is when I’m benching really big weights (for me, this is like 165 to 180 – I used to do 135 x 10 or 12 working sets), my shoulders just feel messed up, a mix between pain, and the anticipated pain of the shoulders dislocating.
Does anyone have good tips for making this transition from going being a “recreational weight lifter” to a “serious strength trainer”?
Do I really just need to spend a few weeks working in the 10 rep range at max weights, a few weeks in the 8 rep range at max weights, and then finally start working with 6s?
Thanks for the tips and guidance in advice