What is the difference between doing low rep/heavy weight VS high rep/lighter weight?

  • manpit209

    Posts: 213

    Jul 18, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what the difference is between these two methods of lifting. From my understanding, low rep/heavy weight will help to make gains in size and strength. High rep/lighter weight is for getting really defined muscle. Thanks for any feedback!
  • benarw

    Posts: 128

    Jul 19, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    You basically got it right. Low weight/high reps is better for burning fat while high weight/low rep helps with strength and size. It's best to figure out what your main goal is and go from there. You can also mix and match. I did a 3 day a week workout for a while where Day 1 (Mon) I lifted heavy weight/low rep, Day 2 (Wed) was medium weight/medium reps, and Day 3 (Fri) was lower weight/higher reps. The workout consisted of
    Bench Press
    Squat
    Barbell Row
    Stiff-legged Deadlift
    Shoulder Press
    Calf-raises
    Biceps Curl
    Tricep Rope Extension

    Whatever you choose to do make sure you enjoy it. And when you start to get bored, mix it up!