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Ask the Experts: How Many Reps Should I Do?

by Andy Haley

AJ Hawk 629x424 Ask the Experts: How Many Reps Should I Do?

Q: When lifting, how many reps should I do to make sure I get a good workout?

A: If your main goal is to get stronger, stick to 3 to 5 sets of 4 to 8 reps per exercise. Use a higher rep range—e.g., 3 sets of between 8 and 12 reps—if your goal is to increase muscle size. If you’re focused solely on increasing power, you can go as low as 3 to 5 sets of 3 to 5 reps using heavy weight. No matter what rep range you use, make sure you’re challenging your muscles. And don’t be afraid to switch up your rep ranges every three to four weeks. That will keep your body guessing, which will, in turn, help you improve conditioning and perform better during games.

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