The problem is that many of us slack a little when it comes to weight training. Lifting heavy weights is hard and may feel uncomfortable if you're not used to the sensation. But, if you want to add a little excitement and intensity to your workouts, why not test your limits to see what you can do?
You don't necessarily have to take all your exercises to fatigue and you want to be safe and protect your body from injury, so you don't necessarily want to start powerlifting. But, if you've been lifting the same amount of weight for a long time, the idea here is to go heavier. Here's a simple way to go about it:
- Choose a heavier weight than you usually use (have a spotter if you're lifting very heavy!)
- Lift the weight as many times as you can with good form. The last rep should be difficult but not impossible.
- If you can do more than 15 or 16 reps, go heavier the next time and try for 10-12 reps.
- If you're uncomfortable lifting heavier, just try one set with the heavier weight and move on.