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Why Heavier Weights Will Shrink You Down, Not Bulk You Up

Feb 28 2014 - 11:19am

First things first: lifting heavier weights will not turn you into the Incredible Hulk. In fact, lifting a heavier set of dumbbells can actually lead to a smaller, stronger you. Sound like just what you're after? Here are two important reasons to ditch the two-pounders and grab heavier weights.

Of course, if you're not used to a weight-training routine, start small and work your way up to heavier weights; starting too heavy can lead to injuries that can sideline all your weight-loss efforts. Here's a chart of common dumbbell sizes for beginners [3] to help you get started; in general, aim for a weight that will fatigue your muscles in eight to 12 reps.


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