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"I've been working out for a while now but I usually just pick up the same 5 lb. dumbbells each time. It seems hard enough, but I'm worried I am wasting my time and not using the right amount of weight. I don't want to overdo it and be super sore the next day either. How can I tell?"
- Weighted Willa
You're not alone, a lot of folks start with one weight and never think to increase it. Here is the thing: if you never increase your weight, you'll never increase your results. So while you're not necessarily wasting your time (you are making an effort, which is more than a lot of people can say), you're also not necessarily making any progress either. There are a few easy ways to know when it's time to increase your weights so pay attention to the next time you do any weight lifting — they are:
- If you've been lifting the same amount of weight for six months now — increase the weight.
- If the muscle (or muscles) you're working never feels exhausted and you could literally do 100 more reps and sets, no problem — increase the weight.
- If it feels easy and you're not seeing any progress in your strength as well as your results — increase the weight.