The age old question - should you lift heavy? Or should you do more reps?
The short answer - it depends.
If your goal is to gain strength, lifting heavy is the best way to go about doing it.
If it’s muscle endurance, reps are the way to go.
If your goal is to gain muscle or retain muscle while in a deficit, guess what? Both will work. For muscle growth to occur, the key is to train CLOSE to failure. It doesn’t matter if you do it with 6 reps or 20 reps. There really is no magical number.
However doing excessive reps all the time can take a longer time to heal. On the other hand, it can also be difficult to go heavy on certain exercises. And then there’s the problem of sh!tty form, egotistical training etc etc.
So as they say in Singapore - “Eh? How liddat?”
The answer is to have a combination of both. One that can help you stay consistent with your training for the long term.
If you want to get started training right, and to have a personal trainer plan a progressive and sustainable program tailored to your needs and goals - contact us on our website to ask for a consultation. We’ve got slots available at the moment as many clients are currently travelling so best to contact us soon before everyone comes back. See you at the PIT.
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