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9/18/18 7:51 A

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more reps for me



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9/17/18 11:23 A

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Thanks Coach Denise for the info.



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9/17/18 10:44 A

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That does seem odd that one person is creating your plan and having someone else work with you, so would be good to have a good discussion about all that with them.

You mentioned doing 4 sets. Is there a reason you're doing that many? Typically, you should be aiming for 1-3 sets. If your muscles aren't fatigued by the end of the second or third set, you will want to increase the weight. Adding more sets really isn't needed as long as you are fully fatiguing your muscles, which can be done by adding more weight and what I'd recommend for most people.

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9/14/18 9:32 P

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Thanks Denise. I need to have a good discussion with him regarding my goals. The gym's Head Trainer gave me the fitness assessment and told me that he would be the one putting together a plan for me for another trainer to follow. Seems odd to me. The more I think about this, I'm getting a little bit concerned.

I'll be sticking with my 4x12 routine until I get a solid understanding of why he wants me to increase my reps.





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9/13/18 11:34 P

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Doing more reps doesn't sound right for your goals and I would recommend asking your personal trainer why they suggested that since they have been working with you and should have gone over your goals and health history before giving you a program. They may have a good reason for suggesting that, but it's hard to say what that may be without asking them. In general though, I'd recommend more weight to get your muscles to fatigue by the end of your reps, not add more reps.

There are some circumstances that more reps makes sense to do and your trainer may have some info that's not mentioned here that made him give you that suggestion.

Good luck on your training for the half marathon!

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9/13/18 8:22 P

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I have started strength training again after a long hiatus. To hold me accountable, I have a personal trainer who pushes me to the limit one day a week. I am strength training 4 days a week, typically doing 4 sets of 12 reps on my own. Today he told me that I should be doing 4 sets of 20 reps for every exercise. This seems counter intuitive to me.

My goal is lose weight, gain strength and endurance. I plan on doing a half marathon in May with my daughter - so I've got to to get busy! :-)

Any thoughts?



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