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What are the benefits of high reps with low weights and low reps with high weights in weight lifting?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: See below

In general, high weights("maxing out") can increase more quickly the size of your muscle while lower weights w/ more reps work more on your muscle 'tone'.
There is alot of overlap here of course.

In brief: See below

In general, high weights("maxing out") can increase more quickly the size of your muscle while lower weights w/ more reps work more on your muscle 'tone'.
There is alot of overlap here of course.
Dr. David Trettin
Dr. David Trettin
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: They are the same.

It doesn't matter if you work out with low weights/high reps or high weights/low reps as long as your muscles are fatiqued and you can't do any more reps within 90 seconds, which is usually 12-15 reps.
Once you get past 90 seconds, the anaerobic benefit is limited. Neither technique favors endurance or building (not building) bulk. Light weights are theoretically safer.

In brief: They are the same.

It doesn't matter if you work out with low weights/high reps or high weights/low reps as long as your muscles are fatiqued and you can't do any more reps within 90 seconds, which is usually 12-15 reps.
Once you get past 90 seconds, the anaerobic benefit is limited. Neither technique favors endurance or building (not building) bulk. Light weights are theoretically safer.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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