I’m a Trainer, and This Is How Heavy Your Weights Actually Need to Be to Build Muscle

Strength training is an essential component to your workout regiment, especially if your goal is to lose body fat and build muscle. Not all exercises are created equal, which is why experts recommend doing multijoint movements called compound exercises to help you build muscle and burn more calories and fat.

You’ll also need to make sure that you’re doing the appropriate amounts of sets and reps in order to build lean muscle. Another extremely important factor is ensuring that you’re lifting the right amount of weight. Simply telling you to lift heavy is subjective, which is why you should use the following guide to determine how to choose the correct weight for strength exercises.

Too Light? Too Heavy?

A good indicator the weight you’re using is too light is if you feel like you could do infinite amounts of reps without taking a break. While this may be great for your confidence, it’s not going to help you build muscle. Common signs the weight you’re lifting is too heavy are poor form and being unable to perform the designated sets and reps.

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