If most of the muscles are ready for the higher weight, but a few are not, you will still get injured. You are only as strong as the weakest link in the chain.
By increasing slowly, you increase the chances that the weaker link will have time to adapt effectively.
Ted Santaniello, CSCS, is a certified personal trainer and the fitness manager at the Wellness Center at PARC, located at 295 New York Road (next to ARC) in Plattsburgh. For more information, call him at 324-2024.