Alright... I have heard so many different answers and explanations to this question, and I couldn't find what I was looking for using a search so here it is.
To build SIZE, should you use lower reps or higher reps, and what are the rep ranges for each? (IF, in fact, it is possible to build mass more than just strength).
I've heard so many different answers to this, and my take on it is, 4-6 reps for strenght, and 6-8 for size (unless its lower body and then it bumps to 6-8 for strength and 8-12 for size). Is this even close????
I would say that the 1-4 rep range is more geared towards activating neural activity (strength), and the 5-8 rep range is more geared towards hypertrophy (size). I like to do both. My first workset is in the 1-4 rep range and my second workset is in the 5-8 rep range. Been working well for me so far.
Last edited by MonStar; 10-24-2002 at 08:45 AM.
everyone has a different opinion but the ranges you've posted aren't ridiculous...
generally, without getting all fancy and technical:
less reps = more focus on strength
more reps = more focus on hypertrophy
Thanks guys, cause I'm looking to build some mass over the winter here, and I want to make sure that I'll be doing the proper # of reps to generally give me the best results. Now I know that everyone is different and I'm going to have to make sure that I do what's best for me, but its always nice to know the "guidelines".