How fast should I be increasing weights/reps?

  • CarmexOnLips

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    Sep 30, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    I just started lifting weights a few weeks ago in hopes of add some muscle to my figure; I generally am a goal oriented person and without one I lose motivation quickly. So I was wondering generally when you lifted weights (or if you are) how often do you increase weight/reps and how much do you increase, and also how much should I on average be increasing every week/month?
    I’ve been increasing my weight/reps as such; xlbs at 8 reps and then I increase till I can do xlbs at 14 reps and then I will increase the lbs by around 10%.
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    Sep 30, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    CarmexOnLips saidHow fast should I be increasing weights/reps?
    When it stops making you sore.
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    Sep 30, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Not so fast that your form suffers.
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    Sep 30, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    This is becoming a more difficult question to answer as I try different ranges lol.. Generally, try adding 2.5-5lbs each exercise/set and if your form doesn't suffer stay with it, and if not drop it back.
  • mikey_101

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    Sep 30, 2011 8:39 AM GMT
    before I hit a plateau, I was lifting more weight or more reps EVERYTIME I did an excercise.

    this wont last forever, but you will make great gains while it works.

    I added 2 stones(= 28 pounds) in the first year.
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    Oct 02, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    Yeah, I've been adding up to 5-10 kgs on power lifts every other session for about 7 weeks now. The feeling's awesome but I know the plateau is coming. For example: was doing 85 kgs 4 reps, 4 sets, next week would 85/5reps/4sets and the next week would be 95 kgs/4reps/4sets. For higher rep lifts I increase by 2-4 reps each week.. its not a rule but you should strive to improve every session, upping either weight or reps.