Lifting Light Weights or Heavy Weights… Which is Better?
Lighter weights with more reps versus heavy weights with less reps… is one better than the other?
The truth is, there’s no right or wrong strategy. Of course, lifting heavier loads will increase your strength. But, using lighter weights can also help you develop lean muscle mass… it just might take a little more time. It all boils down to one important factor… muscle fatigue.
Today’s podcast guest, Dr. Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. dives into the adult way to strength train, and breaks down exactly how to know if you’re fatiguing the muscles properly. He said…
“Use a weight heavy enough that it fatigues the muscle somewhere in between 30 seconds and 90 seconds. If you’re fatiguing at less than 30, the weight may be a little heavier than you need, and it may cause some joint problems. ”
BENEFITS OF LIFTING LIGHTER WEIGHTS…
• Beginner-friendly… Perfect for people who are trying a new move or are new to a fitness routine
• Injury prevention… you’re just less likely get injured using a 5-pound weight than with a 20-pound weight!
BENEFITS OF LIFTING HEAVIER WEIGHTS…
• Time efficient… Work more muscles in less time
• Combine with cardio… turn your workout into a circuit by mixing cardio and weight training with heavier weights for the benefit of conditioning work all in one