Weight Training: Heavy vs. Reps

  • Topic Info:It’s important to have weight training as part of your workout regimen.

    But, you may wonder which technique is better. Should you stick with light weights and a lot of reps? Maybe you should use heavy weights and use fewer reps. How do you know what’s right for you?

    You have to look at your personal weight training goals. If you're just getting started, you might stick with lighter weights and more reps. Light weights are good for endurance and toning.

    If you're working on your strength or building muscle, work with heavier weights and fewer reps.

    If you regularly lift, you can vary your workouts. Do 8-12 repetitions with moderate to heavy weights some days for major change. Work out with lighter weights in fitness classes.

    Listen in as fitness experts, Grace DeSimone and Neal Pire, discuss which weight training technique is best for you.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS