Apr 2021

Strength Training Myths with Naudi Aguilar - Is Heavylifting Ok?

Strength Training Myths with Naudi Aguilar - Is Heavylifting Ok?

This is a question I am never asked but should be asked. For some reason weightlifters think that if we aren't into heavy lifting in the way they do it, that we don't like it at all. This is simply not true. Here's a video where I elaborate on this topic.



Naudi Aguilar:
Hey guys, Naudi Aguilar here at functional patterns. Once again, today I'm going to discuss whether heavy weight lifting is good or not. Now, to begin this video, it's very easy to take a PR person says out of context. And many times when I say things or when I put things out there on Instagram or Facebook, people get really really riled up and they assume Well, you know what, since now D is for functionality, he can't be for heavy weight lifting, he can't be for putting high loads on a lift, simply because those things have always contradicted each other, you have people that say, you know, you should lift weights for, for low weight, high repetitions, and then you have the high weight, low repetitions, this has kind of been the general debate.

That's not what I'm trying to discuss when I discuss what I do. When I say I don't like do people doing one rep maxes, or I don't like when people one rep maxes, let's say on a deadlift or a back squat, I'm saying that in relation to lifts like a deadlift or a back squat.

Why, because most of the time when you're doing those exercises, Well, for one, they can't really be made functional based upon the fact that you're grabbing a bar that's very easy to control. And when you think about actually grabbing a physical object, that's very different than if you are actually, you know, grabbing a bar, those are two different realities.

And maybe I'll make a video on that later on the difference between actual lifting and a deadlift. But the point is that I'm not opposed to lifting heavy, I am just concerned about the direction of where that load is going. So if all you do is back squats, and you're coming down and up over and over and over again, and considering that you're all you're also putting axial loads on your, on your spine, Never mind that.

But just think that if you're constantly moving down and up, and you're adding a great deal of weight on to the lift that you're doing, there are going to probably be consequences for that. And the consequences generally going to be that there's going to be a pattern overload, your body is going to morph itself to the sagittal plane to that type of lift.

And eventually, when you try and perform other things like going on a hike playing tennis running, you're not going to perform all that great, you are going to perform terribly. And is that because of the weightlifting or is that just because the general programming of your training does not enable you to move well, in a three dimensional world as a human being.

That's what I think is a is a bigger problem here. And what I'm trying to put forth, what I'm trying to transmute towards you guys, is that I have no problems lifting heavier weight as long as it's moving in the right directions, right. So for if you think about running, the way the arm swing happens and running, that is a parabola, it's only as your It almost looks like an exponential. If you ever look at like graphs, this almost looks like an exponential kind of thing, right?

Like an exponential growth curve, you kind of tend to notice that out of lots of motions in the human body, these parabolic motions are present all over the place, when your legs flex and extend, nothing truly moves horizontally, it's generally a parabola that your body's operating in. And if you lift heavy in a manner that respects this function in reality, in a three dimensional context, I have no problem with that I have no problems with heavy weight lifting, I have no I do one rep maxes all the time, when I'm here in the gym, it just looks very different than what than what most people are accustomed to.

So to close this video out, I am not against heavy weightlifting, what I'm against is continually overloading planes or general exercises over and over and over again until your body makes an adaptation to that limited movement. And then you thinking that somehow that's going to translate into a three dimensional world. The said principle is pretty well accepted.

I think now people are kind of trying to make the excuse that is not a relevant principle, because they're starting to realize that a back squat and a deadlift in general does not respect the set principle for a three dimensional world. It just respects the set principle for that specific task, but it doesn't that task does not extend into the rest of the world.

It's very obvious that that's the case. So that said, I'm not against heavy weight lifting. I think heavy weight lifting is fine. I think it's it needs to happen at some point you there needs to be some kind of an overload principle on the body or some kind of overloading on the body it just has to be done in the correct context. I hope you guys found that video to be informative.

Be on the lookout for more here in the near future. This is now the Aguilar at functional patterns reminding you to think intentionally and not habitually. Take care.