We witness this all the time and I too have been guilty of committing this heavy crime, lifting a weight that far exceeds your maximum capacity for proper execution. Not only does it look ridiculous, but you are not accomplishing anything, and further, you are putting yourself at risk of injury! Boys and girls LEAVE YOUR EGO at home...
We've all seen them and heard them. Clanking the plates on the bar in the squat rack then stepping back to glance around to see if anyone's noticed them; we have mate we've seen you and we're not impressed. Now go on then you've got all our attention, address the bar, the one you've loaded with 4 plates a side, get it comfy on those less than impressive traps, step back and perform an impressive set of full depth perfect form squats!!!
Go on then, seeing as there's a lot of weight on the bar just lift it off the rack without injuring yourself and I'll be happy.
A grunt then a ooosh; his mate stood behind him as a spotter, telling him it's easy, it's his all the way. He manages, but only just, to get it out of the rack, slides one foot back then the other. Another ooosh, a two inch dip of the knees then back to standing and re-racking the bar with a bang, before turning round to his mate his temples about to explode 'pissed it mate, put another 10 on either side!!!!'.
Yes strength training has it's place and yes going mega heavy, form could possibly dip a little. But this sight is too often seen around the gyms. Form, form, form; whether it be for power, strength or physique proper lifting form is the key. EFFECTIVE weight training involves stimulating your muscle into GROWTH. Trying to use weights that are TOO HEAVY will not accomplish this. It does not matter HOW HEAVY the weight that you are lifting is if you have to SACRIFICE PROPER FORM in order to move the weight.
What is so important to understand is that your physique will NOT automatically improve just because you 'throw around' heavy weights. PROPER FORM IS ESSENTIAL if you are looking to GROW your muscle. Much more important than the NUMBER of pounds that you are lifting is the TIME that your muscle is UNDER TENSION, proper CONTRACTION (“SQUEEZE”) of the muscle being worked, as well as a solid MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION. These crucial factors are pretty much impossible to establish when you are just flinging around excessive weight. So SLOW DOWN your reps, SQUEEZE every rep, and CONCENTRATE solely on your form and the muscle group that you are targeting.
Remember, your focus should be on making IMPROVEMENTS on YOURSELF day in and day out. Stop worrying about being the 'strong guy' or the 'strong girl' and trying to impress whoever you think isn't looking at you. Focus on lifting PROPERLY in order to actually MAKE GAINS and your strength will follow. Trying to put STRENGTH before FORM will never allow you to effectively PERFORM. So, in order to ALWAYS strive for MORE and MORE…leave YOUR EGO AT THE (GYM) DOOR!!!
If you'd like more advice or help or maybe even a personal training session don't hesitate to contact me.