Found: the best way to strength train
When it comes to strength training, which is better: coupling high resistance with low repetitions or coupling low resistance with high repetition?
Researchers, whose findings were published in Journal of Applied Physiology, say low resistance, high repetition workouts deliver the winning combination. This combination is advantageous because it:
- Builds muscular endurance
- Results in a larger calorie burn overall
- Puts less stress on joints, leading to a lower risk of injury
- Results in the same muscle growth as the high resistance, low repetition combination
For an effective strength training workout, perform sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, and make sure that you are feeling fatigue at the end of the set. If you cannot finish the set, reduce the weight. If you can finish the set easily, add some tension.