Strength Training/Machines vs plates

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I have been going to the gym for 5 months now. I had to give up using the weight plate machines because the increase in weights. From 10 lbs, to 20, many times 30 pounds. I think those 10-20 pound increases in weight is just too much difference for my body to condition to. So I bought fractional plates and increase what I lift by 1 pound per week. Less pain at the gym, and afterwards at home.

Have you read anything about big increases vs small increases in lifting weight?

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I've always been told that you can tell the real smart lifters by how many small plates they have on their weight stack.  Meaning, you get to a certain level and your body can make a better adaptation with smaller increases than larger ones.  So I think you are right on point with the increases.  I will improve 2.5 to 5 pounds when I can handle a certain weight so maybe you can try that.

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