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01-07-2019, 09:56 AM
One key reason I moved on from weights was the overlap of stress from various exercises.

What I'm talking about is the same muscles are taxed over and over again for many different exercises in which they are not the prime mover.

Consider Overhead Press, Squats, Deadlift, Curls, Shrugs. Lifts I formerly did with regularity. If done in the same workout, which is common, think about how the spine and it's stabilizers stabilizers, shoulders, hips, knees are involved in holding the weight to the Overhead Press. Then they are involved again for Squats and so on. It's easy to see that the use of weights taxes the nervous system and joints to a much greater degree than an exercise protocol that does not require weights be held in a certain position to work the muscle that you are targeting.

I'm not saying that this might not be beneficial to stabilizer muscles, it probably is to a degree, but I think the stabilizer work is happening at the expense of joints. I think if you do a variety of movements with bodyweight or isometrics the stabilizers get a lot of work. In some cases more, i.e., bench press vs pushup.

The body registers everything done to it, so if I can work the same muscles equally well without having to hold a heavy object over and over again during the course of the workout, wouldn't my joints, my central nervous system, my recovery ability all be better off?
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