In order to get strong you need to be lifting heavy weights regularly right? Before I started understanding how to improve strength that’s what I used to think. I would regularly lift heavy trying to improve my lifts. I hit a plateau, none of my lifts were really going up for well over a year. Nowadays I understand strength training and I have learned that you can’t lift heavy all the time if you want to make long term progress.
You need periods of higher reps and lower weights to build muscle, to give your joints a break and to work on technique. You cannot work on technique doing heavy singles and doubles on your deadlift. Similarly if you want to build some wheels you can’t rely solely on low rep sets hoping your legs will grow.
People very new to the gym may be able to train heavy more often as their strength is improving near weekly. For us seasoned lifters we need to work a little harder for those strength gains. We need to lift smarter to be able to lift heavier.
I’m looking to get as strong as I possibly can and many of my clients have the same goals. When I’m designing training plans for my clients I have them lifting near their maximum a lot less than you may think. Is this the only way to get strong? No. Are they making progress and generally staying injury free? Yes.
Take home point, just because you are strong doesn’t mean you have to lift heavy all of the time.