How Much Weight Should You Be Lifting?
Client Question: “How heavy should I going with my weights?”
Coaches Long-Winded Answer: “I think you should pick whatever weights allow you to keep proper form and technique, complete the specified number of repetitions while challenging yourself. Oh and don’t work to failure. You should always have a little energy left in the tank”
In my experience, I’ve found that people get the best results from working on all sides of the repetition spectrum. This means performing heavier weight for lower repetitions and lighter weight for higher repetitions.
How often we perform a certain amount of repetitions or how heavy we go is most times dependent on the client’s goal.
Before you read on, it’s important to know that building strength is crucial. Strength is the number 1 prerequisite for any goal. Strength allows you to get the most out of your workouts. That’s not an opinion but a fact.
For females, I’ve found that working more in the 8 - 15 repetition range gives them the best results. This allow for them to work to build lean muscle tissue while also improving muscular endurance.
For males, I’ve found that working between 5 - 12 repetition range gives them the best results. However, going over 12 reps for a few single joint exercises (i.e. shoulders, triceps, biceps) is also effective.
*This doesn’t mean that I never go outside these ranges. In fact, I’m extremely proud of some of our members especially our female ones who aren’t afraid to go below 8 reps and lift heavier.
The point I’m trying to make that in order to see the best results, it’s crucial that you work within all repetition ranges.
How heavy should you go?
Let’s go back to the answer.
If I’m tasked to do something for 8 repetitions, don’t choose a weight that you can do for 15 or 20 reps. Then the weight is too light and you won’t get much out of it. On the other hand, don’t choose a weight that you can barely do for 8 reps or even worse, you struggle with your technique and form in order to get there.
There is an inherent risk involved with any sort of physical activity and weight training is no different. So when choosing a weight, lower your risk of injury by performing the repetitions with great technique to get the most out of the exercise while keeping yourself safe.
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