Keeping Weight down While Muscle Conditioning

  • chann223

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    Aug 02, 2014 2:43 AM GMT
    I am curious. I have been wanting to start working out more, mainly to loss weight but I also want to strengthen and tone the muscle I already have without adding much more muscle to my body. So, how much weight ideally should I train with to strengthen and tone my muscles without adding too much more? I have heard and researched on this some, but I haven't exactly got a plan direct answer. Just that I should keep the weight low and the reps high, but how much weight is low weight? And many reps should I shoot for?
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    Aug 02, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    There are tons of variables involved, but I imagine the rep range would be 15-20 at a weight so low that and (here's the key) performed with such strict, deliberate, proper form as to make more than 20 reps impossible. Though for some that may be considered hypertrophy training with an outcome of (gasp!) increased muscle size. That's how it worked for me in the 8-12 rep range.

  • buddycat

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    Aug 02, 2014 7:48 AM GMT
    I guess high reps, lower weight in conjunction with watching your diet. I follow this video and do bench 5 sets of 10 using 100 lbs. Sometimes I move it up to 110 lbs. You should use enough weight that you feel a burn or till it feels like it is hard to do the last set with minimal rest in between sets. From what I understand, you will build muscle no matter how you lift. I'll never try to bulk don't want to deal with the weight loss, I just lost 52 lbs and don't feel like doing it again.
  • chann223

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    Aug 17, 2014 7:58 PM GMT
    Ok. What do you guys think about body weight training? If going this route, how much percentage wise of your own body weight should you use when training? I've been thinking about going this route since you don't really need to use a lot of machinery, and you can do it at home easily.