Reps or weight, which is better, which do you do?

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    Dec 19, 2007 12:42 AM GMT
    Admittedly a novice here...but I've heard two schools of thought on lifting weights. So I come to the logical place...right to the source that should know..you guys! One is more repetitions with weight you can handle and the other is more weight with less reps.

    Are they really for two different intentions for your body? I'd like to build up some upper body muscle and so I've been doing the reps but thinking I should be doing less reps and more weight.

    My goal is to be able to wear that tight shirt come summer and get someone to notice the well built old guy icon_smile.gif Need to update my pics to reflect the weight loss.
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    Dec 19, 2007 1:06 AM GMT
    I think you're supposed to alternate. When your body is expecting weight, do reps. When you're body is expecting reps, do weight. The idea is to keep shocking the body. I think.

    The other day, I put on a 2 piece bathing suit and shocked not only my body, but my eyes. MYYYY EEEYYYEEESS!
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    Dec 19, 2007 7:37 AM GMT
    Thanks guys, I really appreciate your input.
  • twentyfourhou...

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    Dec 19, 2007 2:04 PM GMT
    A different opinion here:

    From just my own expereince and based on AST - Sports Science (website).
    If your goal is to build mass/size - use max weights for only 4-8 reps along with a diet high in protein (of course watching your calorie/fat intake).
    If your goal is to tone up and build definition - use max reps (10-20) with lesser weights while still watching your calorie/fat intake.

    This website provide much more information such as recommending the use of free weights, # of sets, alternating routines (but still using max weight concept), sleeping habits, and basically just a healthy lifestyle ect. It offers a great 3 month program - free. All of this information is free - you only pay for stuff you order online.

    I had worked out for a number of years before using the information on this site - for me, it helped get to the "next level". Unfortunatly, due to a shoulder injury, i have switched to max reps and have noticed a decrease in size but more definition. It is amazing to see how one's body responds to different stimuli.



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    Dec 19, 2007 2:27 PM GMT
    I was under the impression that reps tone and more weigh builds... Now, if only I could see some results...
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    Dec 19, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    thanks 24hr and Jase. That's what I've heard also. I've been doing reps more than weight but think I might change it up some. I'm also impatient, since this is new. I want the body of a 30 yr old yesterday... ain't gonna happen! LOL

    Also been reading what combos to do the lifting in... so trying to come up with a plan for which muscles to work with others every other day or something like that rather than trying to work them all every time I'm at the gym.
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    Jan 01, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    I do both now, and eat tons(healthily). That's what a professional bodybuilder who was training me advised. And it seems to have worked.
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    Jan 07, 2008 11:11 AM GMT
    Its different for different people. I use hi hi hi rep! Low weight. and it seems to work out fine. My goal is not to get huge but to stay in shape and not to bulk. The hi rep training seems to keep me more ripped... while still mainatining my muscle mass.

    You probably need to try both and see what you think.

    Good luck.