The more effort you put into something the more you get out of it.
That could be said for most things in life.
It’s also true when it comes to exercise. (with a caveat)
The more effort you put into a set of an exercise, the more positive stimulus for change is created.
If you put in a weak effort, then not much stimulus in the muscles is created and therefore the rewards in terms of results will be lower.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to absolutely kill yourself every time you go to the gym.
But, at the bare minimum you should be lifting a weight that is challenging and pushing yourself to do a little more each time.
There are stupid ways to push yourself like doing a 100 burpees. Sure, that will make you tired but it’s not the most sensible way to stimulate positive body change. Plus, I don’t know about you but I hate burpees!
The same with explosive type movements that put a lot of stress on your joints.
Going to absolute failure on a set of barbell squats obviously isn’t a sensible option either. That’s one benefit of machines over free weights.
So, in summary, put in the effort, but be smart about it 😉
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