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Lifting confuses me a little, here's why.

lee profile image Lee ・1 min read

For some reason, when lifting or doing any form of weight training I have followed a routine of stretching first, then maybe if it is upper body, 3 sets, with about 10 reps in each set and lifting my maximum weight on the final set, but I fatigue easily.

I have seen others warm-up, then do a few reps before lifting the maximum weight they can as their final rep.

If my goal is to increase muscle mass, what is the best method? Don't over fatigue so I can always try and hit my PR on max lift, or keep it intense for 3 sets and a decent amount of reps?

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Keith

You definitely want to do both.

From my general understanding, more reps tend to help with defining muscle while lower reps at higher weights build muscle strength.

I myself use a PHUL routine variant that focuses both on power and volume.

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Lee Author

Thanks! (Busy googling PHUL πŸ˜€)

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Ben Halpern 🌱

I think.... Both.

You’re kind of talking about volume vs intensity and they can both play a role. Do both for ideal gains IMO.

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Lee Author

Thanks Ben, do you alternate? Day one, volume, day two intensity? Or do you generally combine in the same session?