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    Nov 05, 2007 5:24 AM GMT
    ok so i was wondering how do you figure out how much weight you should use when your doing reps and stuff? do i just guess?
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    Nov 05, 2007 5:49 AM GMT
    You should be able to do 10-15 reps reasonably comfortably for your first set.

    Your second set should still be 10-15 reps, but with more weight and increasing the effort you need to put in.

    Third and further sets you should aim for 5-8 reps at heavy weight, quite difficult to achieve.

    This is what works for me, I'm sure there will be others with differing advice. If in doubt, ask your gym instructor or personal trainer.

    good luck
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    Nov 05, 2007 5:53 AM GMT
    lol totally not what i was getting at. how much weight do i use?
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    Nov 05, 2007 5:59 AM GMT
    Josh, lets put it simply - I (nor anyone else) can correctly answer that question for you.

    None of us here know how strong you are already. You increase your load as you get stronger. I could tell you to start with 105lb dumbbells and your next forum post would be about injuries. Start with a weight you are comfortable with and progress from there.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 05, 2007 11:20 AM GMT
    you're not going to be able to get an answer that is Specific for you... like 25lbs for arm curls and 90lbs for bench press

    you have to check it out for yourself
    for ex: for bench press you experiment until you find a weight that allows you to do 10-15 reps that's your starting point
    and you do this for each and every exercise
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    Nov 05, 2007 6:59 PM GMT
    Start with the bar/machine and no weight. If you can easily do 5 reps, add 10 pounds (or an appropriate equivalent). Repeat until you feel that it is hard to do 5 reps. That's a good weight to shoot for for yor 5-8 sets Then do the 10-15, 5-8 workout suggested above.

    If you are just starting, do a few weeks of sets of 15 at a little less weight to get used to the motion and watch your form.

    How's that?
  • calipally

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    Nov 05, 2007 9:37 PM GMT
    I was just looking at your arms. If you don't already, eat protein. Protein builds mass and I'm assuming that's what you're looking for.

    Weight is very subjective. If it's too easy to lift, then up the weight by 5 pounds and so on. Get your muscles used to the exercise. Plus, form is everything. If you're swinging the dumbell/barbell to get momentum, you're defeating the purpose. I say that because I see guys swinging 50 pound dumbells which does nothing for them. If they were using correct form, they could probably only do half that. What I'm getting at is that if you are using correct form, the number is irrelevant. The object is to fatigue the muscle within 3 sets and if you do that with 20 pounds, then great. You will only advance from there!