<div> (Joe.Muscle @ Feb. 07 2007,16:28)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE"><div> (Totentanz @ Feb. 07 2007,10:28)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE"><div> (need2eat @ Feb. 06 2007,21:11)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">so if you change the intenstiy of a movement, doesnt that increase the effective load?</div> There is no "effective load." There is load, period. 200 lbs is 200 lbs regardless of how heavy it feels to you. So... cutting weight back and doing techniques to make it feel more intense is not going to help you. Cutting back the weight is almost never a good idea, unless you've just taken an extended time off or are doing a deload.</div> So Tot if I understand you correctly you are saying that the old addage of the muscle doesn't know how much weight you lift is wrong. You can go by feel only by pounds? Correct?</div> I believe Tot is saying the opposite, muscle fibers have no idea how much tension is placed upon them they only know, YES, I am activated No, I'm not The difference between 20 lbs and 200 Lbs is how many fibers are activated but each fiber still doesn't know if it's 20 or 200 lbs.