Micro-loading for weight training
Do any of you guys micro-load when weight training? I've been doing the Stronglifts 5X5 program for 2 months now and have started to hit some walls. I lift weights at the YMCA by my house, and the smallest plate they have is the standard 2.5 lb, making the minimum increase 5 lbs at a time. Also a spotter is not always available.
So after some research I thought I'd start micro-loading, using .5 lb steel washers. This allows me to add 1 lb at a time. It seems to be working. It is definitely helping my bench press and overhead press.
So I guess I want to know who here micro-loads and how successful they've been with it. Do muscles respond better to smaller weight increases or larger weight increases to build strength? Recovery has definitely been easier but is that a sign that I'm not making big enough increases? Also will micro-loading emphasize Myofibrillar hypertrophy or sarcoplasmic hypertrophy? Are my muscles actually getting stronger or am I comfortably gaining more control/activation of existing muscle fibers?
Lots of questions I guess. Any feedback is appreciated.