As much as we love the physiques of Vin Diesel and Hugh Jackman, the average Joe and Jane Doe may not be looking to beef up like a bodybuilder, which is why, picking up heavy weights to gain muscle tone should never be the way to go.
If you are inclined to do so, research suggests that you should be lifting about 80 percent more of the heaviest weight you can comfortably lift in one rep. Needless to say, this will lead you to bulk up quickly, while employing fewer reps (sometimes just about five). But, it also opens you up to a whole host of probable injuries and strains, because of the excessive load bearing.
If body tone, a few lean cuts and muscle definition is what you are after, you can achieve it by lifting light-weights too. Add 10lb to what you can lift for up to 20 reps, and you’ll be pushing your body just about enough to get the desired results. In this case, the clincher is to up your number of reps to 10-20, because your muscles need to be stressed for a duration of 40-70 seconds in order to rebuild and perform to their fullest capacity.
Save your body the stress and vulnerability, and stick to a low load-bearing workout, particularly if you’re already injured or are in the older age bracket. Also, we recommend you take a look at how low-impact workouts fare against high-impact exercises, to really keep both aspects in mind, when devising a workout plan with your trainer.
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