low weight high reps or high weight low reps?

Reply Mon 30 Jul, 2007 06:24 am
im really skinny, i want muscle definition but i dont want to look like a veiny crack addict.

Should i do low eight or high weight?

im 6'1 155 pounds. i have a bench and a few barbells. Going mainly for abs and arms/chest.

what is a good routine?
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Reply Mon 30 Jul, 2007 07:28 am
Low weight and many reps is used to produce definition (and incidentally helps to increase muscular stamina). High weights are used to bulk up, to increase muscle mass. This is based on the information i was given in the weight lifting classes i took at university to meet my physical education requirement. It is entirely possible that some one will show up to disagree--but that is what i was taught.
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Reply Mon 30 Jul, 2007 07:41 am
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Reply Mon 30 Jul, 2007 07:50 am
Set- Sounds like you know what you are talking about........................or else we both got the same wrong info! Laughing

OGIONIK - Whatever muscle that you exercise, be sure that you also exercise the opposing muscle. For instance, if you are working biceps, then do some triceps work.
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Reply Mon 30 Jul, 2007 03:28 pm
Set and Phoenix are right.....but it helps to know more information... for example

First thing, I think your making a mistake by not taking on a full body exercise program. It would be healthier to do 1 exercise for each part of your body than it would be to focus on only those areas you listed.

Also, for the most muscle mass you want even fewer than 8 reps, probably 4 or 6. And you should barely be able to lift the last rep. If you have a spotter this is really easy, if not be careful. When I'm bulking up I usually load enough weight to try for 6 reps and be happy if I can only get 4. If I can't get 4 then I remove weight the next workout, if I can get 6 I add weight. If I get 4 or 5 I stay.
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