Your goals are important in making this decision, as is the area of the body you are working on. The core muscles can be trained with as high as 50 reps, making sure to work your way up slowly. For someone who wants lean, toned muscles, and have an overall conditioned body, 12-15 reps is a good number to shoot for with the upper and lower body. If your goal is to gain a little more strength and add muscle weight, 6-10 reps is a good number to shoot for.
Itís important to progress. Once you feel comfortable doing the desired number of reps, make sure to slowly add resistance. Even for women who donít want to bulk up, itís important to progress with your resistance. The majority of women do not have the hormones to bulk up like men. Adding more lean muscle tissue will help burn the body fat, so itís a matter of adding one thing to help deplete another. There is a time when both are there and it looks like bulking up. Donít let this fool you into thinking you shouldnít continue to progress with weights.
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