How Much Weight Should We Lift In Our Strength Exercise Program?



To determine how much weight that we should lift in our strength exercise workout is a process of trial and error. Always start with a low amount. It is better for us to start with too little than too much.

Try doing 8 to 12 repetitions, which is our goal of strength workouts. If we can easily complete 8 to 12 repetitions, we should increase the lifting amount by one increment. Try again to complete 8 to 12 repetitions.

When we reach the point that we can no longer complete 8 to 12 repetitions, we should decrease the lifting amount by one increment. This is our lifting amount for strength workouts.

Additional tips for strengthening workouts are

  • We should warm up for about 5 minutes before lifting.
  • We should complete the entire range of motion for each workout.
  • We should be able to perform movements smoothly. We may be lifting too much if our motion is jerky.
  • Don't forget to breathe! We should breathe out when lifting and breathe in as we return to our starting position.

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