A question I always hear my friends and other people asking while working out with weights is “should I do more weight or less weight?” Well, the truth is there is no right or wrong way to perform your workout, but the way you do it will affect the growth of muscles in different ways and ultimately how you look. So which is better: More or less reps? Well, here are the benefits and disadvantages of both workout styles.
We’ll start with heavy weight and low reps. Basically if you want to achieve the fastest muscle growth possible and get big as fast as possible, this is the workout for you. The heavier weight forces your muscles to grow much faster and larger than they normally would if you were using lighter weight. An example of a heavy weight-low rep workout would be to do exercises and lifts with enough weight so you can only muster around 6-8 repetitions. The advantages of this type of workout is that you will become bigger and stronger much faster, the disadvantages being your muscles will not have as much definition compared to if you did less weight and more reps.
Next is the lower weight-high rep workout. This workout is for people who are striving to get as lean and as ripped as possible, like the body of a fitness model. You will not get ripped and corded arms from using an extreme amount of weight, but this can be achieved with a higher number of repetitions. You are training your muscle endurance when you are doing more reps, and in turn your body will last longer. An example of a low weight-high rep workout is to put enough weight on so that you start feeling the burn at around 10-12 reps instead of 6-8. It is important to know that you will not grow huge arms or pecs like that of a professional weightlifter with this workout, but rather longer, defined muscles.
The style of workout you choose to do should coincide with what type of body you wish to have. Do not to expect to get huge muscles when lifting lighter weight and vise-versa. This is only a brief overview of the styles of workouts that you can do and there are many more. Before you start a dedicated workout routine, you should probably research some more on the Internet to familiarize yourself with the various types of lifts and exercises, and then create a schedule.