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Light Weight vs Heavy Weight

14 November 2011 No Comment

When it comes to how many reps, sets, or how much weight to use when working out, there are tons of contradicting arguments.  One major thing that you must realize, however, is that different goals most of the time call for different training programs.  That’s certainly the case with your body.  As the July issue of Flex mentioned, “Light vs Heavy Weight: Which method is better for muscle growth: light weight for high reps or heavy weight for low reps?”.

“Researchers in the United Kingdom had trained men perform four sets of leg extensions using a weight that limited them to about four reps per set, or a weight that allowed them to complete about 25 reps per set.  When the men did the four sets with light weight for higher reps, muscle protein synthesis (which leads to muscle growth) of the quadriceps was elevated by about 60% more than when they did the four-rep sets…….Light weight wins for its ability to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and prevent injuries .”

But all of this lifting won’t get you far without feeding your body the proper nutrients and calories necessary for growth and strength.  We suggest something along the lines of Beachbody’s Shakeology Meal Replacement.

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