How Many Sets and Reps for Strength, Mass and Endurance?

Question:

What is the recommended number of sets for gaining strength, endurance and muscle mass respectively, and how many reps?

Is it better to do the maximum weight for that number of reps as far as possible or start lower and stay at that weight for the entire set?



Answer:

For strength, your best bet is low reps (2 to 5 per set), long rest periods (2 minutes +) and low volume (e.g. 3 to 4 sets).

How Many Sets and Reps for Strength, Mass and Endurance?

For muscle mass, moderate reps (6 to 12 reps per set), moderate rest (1 - 2 minutes) and moderate to high volume, depending on intensity (5 to 8 sets).

For endurance, high reps (15+), brief rest (30 seconds to 1 minute), and moderate to high volume (5 to 10 sets).

These are VERY general guidelines, keep in mind. The specifics of a program will vary a lot.

I find both approaches to weight that you mention work well.

 

 


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