Go heavy or go home! This rally cry is held up as canonical scripture by meatheads around the globe looking for a ticket to strength and hypertrophy heaven.
The expression sounds contagious and has even made one bodybuilding t-shirt company heaps of dead presidents. Ample in-the-trenches and anecdotal evidence suggest maximizing size and strength require you to lift heavy.
Since heavy pig iron is a prerequisite for building a no-nonsense physique, is there a way to lift heavy safely?
It’s not a yes or no answer, it’s a “depends.” Unfortunately, society tries to over simplify everything; heavy lifting is safe, assuming your technique is sound and the movements are chosen wisely.
Let’s take a look at six movements you can perform safely with maximal weights.