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WORTH THE WEIGHT

Anyone can benefit from lifting heavy, but technique and timing are key, as PT Ian Gardner explains

Heavy lifting isn’t just for burly blokes and powerlifters – anyone looking to injury-proof their bodies and improve their general wellbeing can reap the rewards of going big. Lifting heavy means you build strength a lot quicker than lifting with a higher rep scheme, and increased strength leads to increased sporting performance through a higher power output. But the benefits don’t end there: if you're looking to lose body fat, heavy lifting – due to the higher rate of post-exercise energy expenditure – will help you craft a strong, lean physique. It also improves bone density and strengthens connective tissues, keeping you fias you get older.

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