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  • Writer's pictureSam Maltby

"Finding the Perfect Balance: Understanding Sets and Reps for Your Workouts"

This isn't very clear to me too! There is so much research out there that contradicts itself. The latest model that makes sense is to do up to 4 sets if you are trying to get more muscular. Doing just one set and selecting a weight you will fail at between 8-15 reps will help preserve and gain strength. However, quite a few people will need more, and this is where 4 sets is the magic number. My first two sets are 10-15 reps. My last two sets are with a heavier weight for 6-8 reps. At most, I do two different exercises for each muscle group alternating between the upper and lower body. I give each muscle group a day's rest before attacking it again. I hope this helps!

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