Muscle Strength vs Muscle Endurance

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In the strength training world, there are two main camps…. those who lift with lighter weights and do more reps, and those who lift with heavy weights and do fewer reps. 

Many times, women are afraid of bulking up, so we tend to gravitate towards lighter weights to achieve a toned look. 

But is there a difference between these two types of training? Yes… and it call comes down  to muscle strength and muscle endurance. 

Today’s podcast guest, Dr. Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. breaks down exactly how to incorporate muscle strength and endurance to design the perfect strength training routine. 

Here’s a quick breakdown…

Muscle strength is the ability to exert a maximal amount of force for a brief period of time. For example, doing a bicep curl with a heavy weight and having enough strength to complete 8 reps. 

Muscle endurance is the ability to do something consistently and repetitively for an extended period of time. For example, doing planks for one minute. 

In the real world you need a combination of both strength and endurance to complete your everyday tasks. 

In today’s episode with Dr. Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. he breaks down exactly how to know if you’re fatiguing the muscles properly, how many reps are best for you, and whether light or heavy weights are preferable.