Are Free Weights Best for Progressive Overload?

A discussion about exercise selection to maximize your results.

Daniel Hopper
In Fitness And In Health

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Many of us who invest a lot of our time and energy (not to mention money) into exercise do so to improve our physique, either by losing fat, building muscle, or a combination of these.

Progressive overload is fundamental to improving in the gym. Over time, the aim is to increase our performance in a given exercise, for multiple exercises.

But with so many different pieces of exercise machines and equipment in a gym, it can be overwhelming to decide what exercises will work best for you.

This article discusses whether using free weights is best for building your desired physique through progressive overload.

What is progressive overload?

Progressive overload is a training principle involving the gradual increase of demand or stress we place on our muscles. Our bodies adapt to this stimulus with enhanced strength and muscle growth as damaged muscle cells/fibres grow back stronger. We can achieve this over time with incremental increases in the weight we use on exercises, repetitions, volume, or the intensity of our workouts.

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Daniel Hopper
In Fitness And In Health

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