Originally Posted by sicc
So lifting less weight with high reps will do what exactly, besides help endurance? Will it make you look better?
I've been going to the gym for 3 months and I'm moving up very good on all my weights, getting at least 2x as strong in the 3months, but I'm not getting bigger or gaining weight. I don't get it ;\
What is your goal? Are you training BJJ or Muay Thai or are you just looking to “get bigger”???
If you’re training and want to get better at BJJ, wrestling or some form of striking I wouldn’t make weight lifting my only means of improving my strength/stamina.
From what I’ve seen from different fighters workouts most fighters don’t do allot of heavy weight lifting as part of their training.
Sure some fighters like say a Phil Baroni like to have a “bodybuilder” physique but most top level fighters only do heavy lifting to build explosive power and not for aesthetics.
Few of the competitive BJJ guys at my school (Gracie-Barra) do much weight lifting knowing that there are other ways of building power/stamina.
Fighters with a wrestling background seem to do some basic heavy lifting like clean and jerk, dead lift, shrugs, etc but you can do some basic calisthenics, medicine ball core work, etc to get good core strength.
I lift but not heavy anymore, I don’t really need to I’m naturally big and at 44 lifting heavy causes more joint damage than I can justify.
I do mostly circuit training with medium weights and medicine ball/calisthenics for core and cardio.
I know in some endurance sports like cycling, athletes choose a time of year when they’re not competing and do heavy weights for about 3 months to build a good power base before they start putting in their base miles and building endurance. I’m not sure if fighters do this, could make sense giving that many fighters have up to 6 months in between fights.