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More reps or more weight? How these choices impact your workout


Lifting heavier weights or doing more reps can be a confusing, but the choice can impact your workout – and your body.

Fitness experts suggest a combination of both to ultimately build strength.

To see long-term gains and avoid growing stale with your workouts, you can incorporate both heavy-weight, low-rep training with light-weight, high-rep training by switching up the sets and reps on different days or weeks.

Get In Shape For Women, a LaGrange-based fitness studio, offers personal training for one-on-one attention to help you reach your goals and avoid injury.

Whether you are lifting heavier or choose a lighter weight for more reps, proper form is essential because without good technique, you can risk injury.

If you’ve reached a fitness plateau and you are no longer making progress, one way to change things up is by altering your weight lifting. Heavy weights, adding more reps, or doing both can shake up sluggish progress.

Lifting heavy can help you get a lean body faster. Muscle tissue is much more metabolically active than fat, meaning muscle requires calories as fuel to sustain itself. Dropping body fat and adding lean muscle will help you achieve a leaner version of yourself!

Lifting heavy weights may feel great, but eventually you will reach a point where you simply can’t add any more weight without compromising your form. It’s time to drop the weight and increase the number of reps.

When you lift lighter weights for more reps, you are developing muscular endurance and will help you get stronger in the long run. More reps at a high intensity level will burn calories and has a greater after burn effect.

There’s no right or wrong answer when faced with the choice of heavy lifting or more reps. Mix it up to keep yourself motivated and continue seeing progress along the way!

Get In Shape For Women: 79 S. La Grange Rd. La Grange, IL 60525

(708) 557-7890