What number of sets and reps should you do when learning a new exercise?

numbers of sets and repsWhether you are somebody who is injured and looking to learn a movement which will correct the malfunctions causing the injury, or whether you are injury free and simply looking to learn a new exercise, you need to have an idea of the volume and rep range per set you should be working with.

The first thing you need to be aware of is that learning the feel of the movement plays far more importance than simply striving to get an arbitrary number of repetitions in a set. This plays especially true if you are learning the exercise to help overcome an injury as it is likely you have never properly felt the correct muscles working before. If you are to move correctly in future, you need to learn what each part of the body feels like when it is in correct position at each part of the range. Practising a movement with this in mind helps you feel when you have moved out of correct position, creating an awareness of your own body position within space without needing to see yourself move or have someone observe you. Continue reading

Pushing yourself – is it better to increase reps or weight in strength training?

weight or reps in strength trainingIt may be a matter of personal preference that you like to lift low weights for many repetitions, or you may prefer to try and increase your maximum weight for a small number of repetitions. These styles may fit different moods or sentiments – your competitive nature may simply be triggered more by going further, or training for longer, for instance, or by lifting higher weights. Preference for these styles should take into account their different results, though. As with everything we want you to take away from this site, it’s important to make your training personal, but you must personalise it for the right reasons. Continue reading