How to determine the weight to workout with

Determining the appropriate weight to use during training depends on several factors, including your fitness goals, current strength level, and the specific exercise you are performing.

1. Define your goals

Decide whether you want to focus on building strength, muscular endurance, or hypertrophy (muscle growth). This will affect the choice of weight and rep range you should use.

2. Assess your current strength

Start with a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with proper form. If you are a beginner, start with lighter weights and gradually increase the load.

3. Repetition range

The number of repetitions you perform per set affects the weight you should use. For strength training (lower reps, heavier weight), aim for a weight that allows you to perform 1-6 reps with good form.

For hypertrophy (moderate reps, moderate weight), aim for a weight that allows you to perform 6-12 reps with good form. For muscular endurance (more reps, lighter weight), aim for a weight that allows you to perform 12-20+ reps with good form.

4. Progressive overload

As your strength improves, gradually increase the weight to continue challenging your muscles. Progressive overload is key to continuous improvement and adaptation. Increase the weight gradually (eg 5-10% at a time) to avoid sudden jumps that can compromise your form.

5. Listen to your body

Pay attention to how your body feels during and after each set. The weight should be challenging but manageable, and you should maintain proper form throughout the exercise. If the load seems too light or too heavy, adjust it accordingly.

Your Gyms4you team

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