While it’s clear that strength training and weight lifting helps build strong muscles, the debate that exists is whether or not you should lift heavier weights or do more reps of lighter weights in order to reap more benefits?
Speaking with Shape, celebrity trainer Joe Dowell says, “The answer is both.”
“Contrary to popular belief, incorporating some higher intensity training (lower reps, heavier weights) into your workout routine will not make you “bulky,” she says.
However, according to the expert, it all depends on your fitness goals and how much your body can take.
If you’re someone who wants faster results and wants to increase the size of the muscles, then lifting heavier weights may be more beneficial. But for obvious reasons, it can only be done with lower reps. On the other hand, if you’re looking to build both endurance and muscles and have the patience to achieve results, lighter weights and higher reps may be more your thing!