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Old 05-04-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Which one of these would be the better route to go if I want muscle growth: light weights with high reps or heavy weights for low reps?
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Which one of these would be the better route to go if I want muscle growth: light weights with high reps or heavy weights for low reps?
Both of the rep ranges in the....two...examples need to be more refined to give a more specific answer.

What rep ranges are we exampling here?
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They both work...Just keep getting stronger.
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If you are just starting out than I recommend starting with a moderate weight that you can perform for 8-12 repetitions for a minimum of three sets. Although something like a 5x5 program has had good returns for a lot of people too. Myself I vary my rep ranges and tend to pyramid train.
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Plyometric split squat on a bosu ball suspended on TRX straps tied to kettle bells.

Different lifts lend themselves to different rep ranges. My opinion from personal experience is:

Deadlifts are good for building mass and strength. They seem to go better with heavy weight and lower (1-5 reps).

Squats are good at any rep range.

Bench needs both heavy and light. Heavy in the 1-5, light in the 8-12

Not really sure on overhead pressing, haven't done enough to form a valid opinion yet.
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large plates with lots of food eaten multiple times a day = growth.
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Which one of these would be the better route to go if I want muscle growth: light weights with high reps or heavy weights for low reps?
7 reps, in routines of yesteryear, may have been considered high reps whereas in today's age, they fall into a moderate rep range; when talking about reps, a bit of specificity is required because it can mean different things to different people.
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Somewhere between five to twelve reps is probably what most trainees should do most of the time.

This article may help:
Rep Range for Building Muscle and Burning Fat
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Check out this routine, I ran it for a while and its good for muscle building, it also answers your question about rep range.

4 Day Power Muscle Burn Workout Split | Muscle & Strength
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